California county sees first measles cases in a decade

Public health officials recently confirmed that a woman has tested positive for measles in Humboldt County, California.

This is the first case of measles that has been documented in Humboldt County in more than a decade, according to Officials announced that they believe more people may have been infected.

The infected woman is a 22-year-old who recently returned to Humboldt County from a visit to China on May 19. Health officials are warning anyone that may have come in contact with the woman to be watchful for measles symptoms.

The woman is known to have visited the China Buffet in Eureka, California, on May 20, and worked at the Hometown Buffet in the Bayshore Mall on May 23 and May 24.

The county’s public health branch reported that the woman has cooperated with the investigation and, as of yet, no one associated with her has developed measles symptoms.

Measles symptoms can include fever, cough, runny nose, and red and watery eyes. Symptoms usually appear eight to 12 days after exposure to the virus. A rash generally appears in measles cases, but not until several days after the initial symptoms. Measles infection is spread through contact with droplets from the nose, mouth or throat. Sneezing or coughing propels the droplets into the air, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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