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Person Infected with Measles Visited Two Santa Monica Locations Last Week, Health Officials Said

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July 24, 2019 -- A Los Angeles County resident who contracted the measles after traveling abroad visited two Santa Monica locations while infected last week, LA County Public Health officials said Wednesday.

It is the 16th case of the measles reported in LA County this year but is not linked to the outbreak reported earlier this month, health officials said.

The infected person visited California Chicken at 2401 Wilshire Boulevard on July 15 between 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., officials said.

The following evening the person visited Equinox Gym at 201 Santa Monica Boulevard between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The person is also known to have visited two localtions near Santa Monica's border in Venice -- Groundworks Coffee at 671 Rose Avenue on July 14 between 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and American Beauty at 425 Rose Avenue between 5 and 7:15 p.m.

In addition, the infected person visited four Westside locations on San Vicente Boulevard -- Frontrunners Shoe Store, CVS and Comerica Bank -- and Groundworks Coffee in Downtown LA's Art District, health officials said.

There is no known current risk of measles at any of these locations, but those who visited them during the dates and times listed could be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed, officials said.

Common symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and a rash which usually appears 10 to 12 days after the exposure.

Individuals should contact their health care provider if they develop measles symptoms, health officials said.

Especially at risk are those with weakened immune systems or persons who may not have been vaccinated against measles, officials said.

"For those who are not protected, measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease," according to Dr. Muntu Davis, the county's health officer.

Most of the cases identified so far this year have been in people who were not vaccinated, health officials said.

The most recent case marks the third patient known to have visited Santa Monica with the infectious disease over the past 12 months.

In January, County health officials warned that visitors to the Santa Monica Pier and Blue Plate Taco restaurant may have been exposed to measles in late December ("Person Infected with Measles Visited Santa Monica Pier Restaurant," January 14, 2019).

Last August, Heath officials issued a warning after a tourist infected with the measles visited six Santa Monica establishments ("Infected Tourist Prompts Measles Warning in Santa Monica," August 20, 2018).

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