Calif. tells health care providers to be on the lookout for measles

Courtesy of nature.com
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently urged health care providers to keep measles in mind when they consult patients who have a rash and a fever.

Measles symptoms start with a fever before progressing to a runny nose, cough and red, watery eyes. There may be a rash three to seven days after the patient begins to notice symptoms. Usually the rash starts on the patient’s face, behind the ears and along the hairline, and then it moves throughout the body.

People who suspect that they have measles need to contact their physicians and local health departments right away.

California has reported 125 measles cases so far this year, many of which were related to an outbreak in Disneyland.

“Measles continues to circulate in much of the world outside of North and South America, but with Californians returning from trips abroad and tourists from other countries visiting California, we are reminding health care providers to keep measles in mind when they see patients with symptoms of the disease,” Dr. Karen Smith, the director and state health officer of the CDPH, said. “Although the measles outbreak associated with Disneyland was over in April, it is important at the start of the new academic year to consider measles in patients who present signs of fever and rash, especially if they have had international travel in the prior three weeks.”

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