Friday , April 19 2024

Measles-Infected Person Visits Multiple Parts of Fresno County

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<div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Fresno county has its first case of the measles and the person has potentially exposed others to the deadly disease. The Fresno County Public Health Department said the person visited Community Regional Medical Center, the Fashion Fair Mall and the WinCo foods in Southeast Fresno.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Public Health said the measles virus can stay in the area for two hours and they said it is highly contagious.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Lupe Rodriguez, a Fresno resident said, &quot;It’s scary out there. Especially when you have little ones.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&quot;I’ve heard that it’s been quite an epidemic, started down in Disneyland and started to come up north here. I just hope that all the little children don’t get it,&quot; said Kenneth Franck.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Worried members of the community like Franck recall when he had measles as a child.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Franck, &quot;I remember it a bit, you know, it’s just miserable.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">When he heard an infected measles patient visited this same WinCo foods on Kings Canyon Road and Peach Ave in Fresno on Sunday, Franck was taken aback.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">He said, &quot;It’s unfortunate, of course, you know, hopefully this person has got taken care of, and nobody is too infected by it.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Public Health said the&nbsp;infected person with measles also visited the Build a Bear Store and Disney Store at the Fashion Fair Mall on Sunday.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Ken Bird, a Public Health Officer for the Fresno County Public Health Department said, &quot;If there’s somebody were to walk into that space within that two hour time frame, they have the possibility of being exposed and contracted measles.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Fashion Fair released a statement in which they said, &quot;We take the safety and health of our patrons very seriously and have taken the necessary preventive efforts as instructed by the Fresno County Department of Health, to maintain a healthy environment.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">WinCo’s Corporate VP of Public and Legal Affairs said, &quot;We are notifying our employees and letting them know that this is a contagious disease and therefore they should notice any symptoms that they ought to seek medical treatment and not report to work.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Bird the infected person also visited CRMC, including it’s labor and delivery area.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&quot;Children often have more severe complications of measles and those complications can include encephalitis, inflammation around the brain, pneumonia and middle ear infections,&quot; said Bird.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">The county asked the public on Wednesday to check their immunization records and get the vaccine if they haven’t already. If you have visited any of these locations during the same time as the infected person, you may feel symptoms 7 to 21 days out.</font></div></div>

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