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Measles case confirmed in Santa Barbara County

One confirmed patient with measles spent time in Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital while infectious, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

The exposure occurred at the hospital’s emergency room on Tuesday, between 7:24 p.m. and 10:16 p.m., according to Santa Barbara County Public Health spokeswoman Susan Klein-Rothschild.

The Santa Barbara County man contracted the illness in Los Angeles County, Klein-Rothschild said.

The case is linked to the measles outbreak in Los Angeles that involves 12 patients, in which one patient has provided documentation of vaccination.

“There is no concern about exposure beyond what has already been identified,” Klein-Rothschild said. “The patient had recently returned to Santa Barbara County, and we know his whereabouts. We are not providing any information about the patient to protect confidentiality.”

All exposed health-care workers, patients and visitors have been contacted, and appropriate measures are being taken to protect their health and the community, according to a statement released by the Public Health Department.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that is spread through the air through sneezing or coughing. A rash, coughing, runny nose and conjunctivitis are symptoms. Young children, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems are those of concern.

By the time people show symptoms, they have typically already been infectious for four days, according to the statement.

The disease can cause encephalitis, pneumonia and even death.

For more information about measles, visit www.cdc.gov/measles.

Noozhawk staff writer Brooke Holland can be reached at bholland@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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