Two of the cases have been traced back to last month’s activity in Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park. Officials stated that they are expecting more cases of this potentially fatal and extremely contagious disease.
Orange County Health Care Agency is taking preemptive measures this past week due to nine confirmed cases of measles in the greater southern California region.
UC Irvine has also sent out a campus wide, “Health Alert” informing faculty and students that the Ayala Science Library is on the list of infected areas. The email said that on Jan. 4, an individual with measles at the library from 1 to 6 p.m. Other wary locations include Spectrum Pharmacy located on 18 Endeavor, Irvine and Target store Starbucks and pharmacy on 3750 Barranca Parkway, Irvine.
The 2015 cases range from a 8-month infant to a 21-year old. Officials said, “six of [the cases] were unvaccinated — two being too young.”
Locally, three measles patients were brought to St. Joseph’s emergency room, CHOC Children’s Hospital, CHOC’s emergency room and Quest Diagnostic Laboratory.
Officials speculated that one infected individual attended the Disney theme parks, dispensing the sickness to a large concentration of people. Reports stated, that Disneyland responded on Wednesday that it is working with the California Department of Health in its investigation. The theme parks have not acknowledged the increase of measles cases.
On Friday, state officials have verified that there are one case in Alameda, one in Los Angeles County, one in Pasadena, one in San Bernardino, two in Riverside and two in San Diego.
UC Irvine reminded students that because of the large volume of the campus, the risk of infection is low after brief interactions with potentially, infected persons. The campus also precautiously advises people who may have had interactions with contaminated areas and people should reexamine their vaccination records.
Measles is known to cause fevers, rashes, coughing and red, watery eyes. Measles is easily spread by air and by direct contact with an infected person, stated the OC Health Care Agency website.
“This is really a good reminder for everyone to get vaccinated,” OCHCA stated. Although infection is highly unlikely.
UCI resources such as the Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The center staff can be reached at (949) 824-5301. Exposed persons should contact the Public Health epidemiology department for guidance at (714) 834-8180.