The Glenn County Health and Human Services Agency Public Health Department is investigating one confirmed case of measles in an adult, according to a press release from the department.
This case is reportedly linked to the outbreak in Butte County. The health department investigators have notified close contacts and are working with Butte and Mendocino Public Health departments as the public exposure locations identified are in those two counties.
According to the press release, the most important way to stop the spread of measles is to get vaccinated. People who have received two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine have less than a 1 percent chance of contracting the disease after exposure.
It’s recommended that people check their vaccination status, get vaccinated if needed, monitor themselves and families for symptoms and cooperating with public health professionals if you are contacted about your or your family’s vaccination history and whereabouts.
If you think you have symptoms of measles, contact your doctor and let them know about your symptoms. According to the press release, going to the clinic, hospital or physician’s office before calling their facility or going to other public places can cause the disease to spread.
A doctor can determine if you are immune to the measles based on your vaccination record or if you had measles in the past and make special arrangements for an evaluation if needed without putting other patients and medical office staff at risk.
For general questions about the measles, the public can call the Butte-Glenn 2-1-1 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. by calling 2-1-1 or the toll free number at 1-866-916-3566.