Two additional cases of the measles have been confirmed in Butte County bringing the total number of infected persons to four. According to a press release from Butte County Public Health Thursday, the cases are linked to the original measles cluster that was announced last Sunday, March 24th.
Public Health is contacting people they believe were exposed to infected individuals. To help stop the spread of the viral disease, Public Health is asking that those who are contacted or who may have been exposed to the disease be honest about their vaccination status.
There are many new locations where public exposure may have happened in Chico and Oroville including:
- Chico (Downtown Area): Monday, March 18, 2019, including: Jamba Juice 10:30-11:45 a.m., Campus Cycles 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m., North Rim Adventure Sports 12:00-1:30 p.m., Little Red Hen 12:45-2:15 p.m., and La Hacienda Restaurant 1:20-3:20 p.m.
- Chico: The Boba Stop, 226 W. 2nd St., on March 24, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Chico: Aca Taco, 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., on March 24, 2019 from 5:40-6:40 p.m.
- Chico: B-Line Bus, #3 Bus from Nord Ave & W. Sacramento to Transit Center, on March 25, 2019 from 7:34 a.m. to 8:34 a.m.
- Chico: Enloe Prompt Care at California Park, 888 Lakeside Village Commons, on March 25, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
- Oroville: Sierra Avenue Elementary School, After School Program, 1050 Sierra Ave., on Tuesday, March 19, 2018 from 2:30-7:00 p.m.
- Oroville: Ampla Health, 2800 Lincoln St., on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 10:45 am-12:45 p.m.
- Oroville: Purple Line Urban Winery, 760 Safford St., on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
- Oroville: The Lodge at Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr., on March 26, 2019 from 5:15-7:15 p.m.
If you have not had a measles vaccine and have been at any of these places during the timeframes listed you may have been exposed. Those who think they may have been exposed should call their physician, and not go into the office, as that may causes further spread of the measles. The releases states that anyone who is not vaccinated against measles is at risk of being infected.
According to a press release from Chico State, one of the four people infected is a current student at the university. Possible exposure locations on Chico State's campus include:
- Ayers Hall, Room 120 on March 25, 2019 from 8-10:30 a.m.
- University Village from afternoon of March 24, 2019 through the morning of March 26, 2019.
- UV shuttle on March 25, 2019 from 8:45-11 a.m.
The university asks that students who think they may have been infected first isolate themselves where they reside, then please contact the Student Health Center at 530-898-5242. They ask that anyone who may be infected not walk into the Student Health Center as that may lead to further spread of the measles.
For general information about the current measles outbreak in Butte County, you can call 211 or text BUTTEMEASLES to 898211. For more information click here.
Symptoms of the viral disease include fever, rash, and red watery eyes.
In addition to the four confirmed cases of measles in Butte County, there is also one confirmed case in Tehama County and three in Placer County.
You can also find a link to possible exposure locations to those cases here.