Shasta County's second measles patient was an unvaccinated woman who was hospitalized and isolated to prevent others from being exposed.
Mike Chapman, Wochit
A baby who is too young to be vaccinated is the latest person to come down with measles in Shasta County this year – a "disappointing" development that highlights the need for them who can get immunized against the disease say healthcare professionals.
The child is the fourth person to come down with the disease this year in the county. Prior to this, the county had not had measles cases since 2014, and it was even longer, as there was more than one local case of the virus that was almost eradicated in the United States.
Dr. Karen Ramstrom, the county public health worker, said the child's illness is associated with the patient's county officials who were announced on April 11.
"This case is particularly disappointing as the child is too young to receive the necessary vaccinations," Ramstrom said in a press release. "Infants are one of the vulnerable groups that we will protect with high levels of community immunity."
The infant, who is less than a year old, did not receive measles from his mother, Ramstrom said. But the infant's case is linked to the one announced on April 11, she said.
In that case, the patient was a woman who had not been vaccinated. Medical staff made her isolated on April 8, but then she had visited various places and taken the Uber and Lift rides.
Health officials say a community generally needs 95 percent of its inhabitants to be vaccinated against measles for the disease, not to spread. In Shasta County, which had a history of vaccine recordings before California banned them a few years ago, is approx. 93 percent vaccinated against the disease Ramstrom said.
Increasing the vaccination level to at least 95 percent helps protect them with weakened immune systems and cannot receive the measles vaccine, says Jennifer Snider, a program leader. for the county Public Health Department.
These sites are safe now, since the virus does not live long in the air or on surfaces, but health officials say that people who were in the following places during the times indicated should take care of symptoms: 99 C only Store on Hilltop Drive in Redding on April 18 from 2 pm 3:30 pm
Health officials also note that it is important not to reject potential symptoms such as allergies, as pollen is poor this time of year.
If you think you or your child has measles, officials say they should contact your doctor beforehand so they can initiate a protocol for highly contagious diseases before entering the office. While the vaccine is approx. 95 percent effective in one dose and more than 99 percent effective with the two doses that have been recommended since the 1990s, those who are not vaccinated are almost certain to become ill if they come into just random contact with an infected person, says health professionals.
The infant is being cared for at home, but the adult is in the hospital, Ramstrom said.
"We care about infants and toddlers who have measles. They like more complications," Ramstrom said. County officials are in close contact with the child's family and monitor its health, she said.
"At this stage, it is fortunate that the child is good enough to be home, but this child is miserable and uncomfortable and not good," she said.
"Even this infant and all the measles lists in our society, these people are very, very sick," Ramstrom said.
"It's usually healthy adults who had to be hospitalized with measles. And then it's an important reminder that this is a serious infection," she said. "It's not like having chicken pox or a bad flu or a really bad cold. It's a really serious infection that is enough to make people miserable and have complications to be controlled in a hospital transit. "
A measles outbreak spreads over a Washington county that is known to choose not to vaccinate their children, and health officials have declared an emergency for public health.
More: Report: 400K California children are at risk of measles because their mates are not vaccinated
More: Shasta County reports third case of measles; warning for theater-goers
More: New measles case in Shasta County a "big deal"; list updated by places patient went
Alayna Shulman covers a little bit of everything for Record Searchlight. In particular, she loves to write about the problems in this society through long-standing narration. Her work often focuses on local crime, features, and politics, and has won prizes for best writing, best business coverage, and best research in the California News Publishers Association's Better Aids Contest. Follow her on Twitter ( @ashulman_RS ), call her at 530-225-8372 and, to support her work, please subscribe.
Read or Share this story: https://www.redding.com/story/news/local/2019/04/23/shasta-countys-4th-measles-patient-baby-too-young-vaccinated/3554120002 /