Well being officers warn of measles publicity at Berkeley Bowl grocery retailer

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BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) — The town of Berkeley is warning individuals who shopped at Berkeley Bowl final week that will have been uncovered to measles.

Dr. Lisa Hernandez is a Berkeley public well being officer. She says an area physician notify the town that his affected person was contaminated with measles.

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The town carried out an investigation and decided that solely Berkeley Bowl was in danger for publicity. Berkeley Bowl is a well-liked grocery retailer that sells high-quality and natural merchandise.

“There have been different exposures, however we need not notify the general public as a result of we now have recognized everybody who was in danger (at these areas),” explains Dr. Hernandez.

The contaminated individual, who has solely been recognized as an grownup who lives in Berkeley, shopped at Berkeley Bowl on Might 7 between three p.m. and 5 p.m.

Based on Dr. Hernandez, the virus is definitely transmitted. A cough or sneeze can linger within the air for as much as an hour. It is so contagious, she says, that it could infect as much as 90 p.c of people who find themselves not vaccinated.

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As well as, individuals contaminated with measles could not present any signs for the primary 4 days, which is when the contaminated individual is most contagious.

First stage signs include– runny nostril, pink eyes, cough and fever, adopted by a rash.

Berkeley well being officers say Berkeley Bowl is not in danger, and that there aren’t any different experiences of measles in Berkeley or Alameda County.
One Berkeley couple, who did not need to be recognized, made a particular journey to Berkeley Bowl after studying of the measles case.

“(My spouse) checked her bank cards receipt to see if she was right here that day. She was. So (we) then got here to the shop to see what time she was right here,” says one of many ladies.

She says her spouse shopped within the morning, whereas the contaminated individual shopped late afternoon. Though the household could not have been uncovered, they’re nonetheless involved, particularly for his or her daughter.

“It is scary to comprehend that at our grocery retailer, somebody had measles and was strolling round,” she says.

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Dr. Hernandez says if anybody was uncovered, it might take as much as 21 days earlier than they present any symptoms– and that is the priority for metropolis well being officers.

They’re advising anybody who got here to Berkeley Bowl on Might 7 to proceed to test for signs via Might 28.

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