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A case of the measles has broken out in Fresno County, officials say

A case of the measles has been confirmed in Fresno County. The infected person visited the emergency room at Clovis Community Medical Center from 10:30am – noon Wednesday. The infected individual also visited the JF Urgent Care Center located at 5088 N. Fresno St. from 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm on Monday. Exposure to measles would only have occurred on these dates and times, Fresno County’s Department of Public Health said.
A case of the measles has been confirmed in Fresno County. The infected person visited the emergency room at Clovis Community Medical Center from 10:30am – noon Wednesday. The infected individual also visited the JF Urgent Care Center located at 5088 N. Fresno St. from 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm on Monday. Exposure to measles would only have occurred on these dates and times, Fresno County’s Department of Public Health said. The Fresno Bee

A warning to anyone who's never received a measles vaccination: Fresno County's Department of Public Health has confirmed a case of measles in a Fresno County adult.

And the person may have exposed others during visits to two local urgent care centers, as well as the emergency room at Clovis Community Medical Center.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and can be contracted easily by breathing in air that has been shared by an infected person.

The infected individual traveled out of state, where the infection occurred, the department of public health announced Friday afternoon. After returning to California, the person developed the symptoms.

Symptoms of measles include a fever (often high), cough, runny nose, red eyes and rash (usually starting on the face and spreading down the body).

The individual visited the JF Urgent Care Center at 5088 N. Fresno St. on Monday, April 30 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Everyday Health Care at 199 W. Shields Ave. on Monday, April 30 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the emergency room at CCMC on Wednesday, May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Exposure to measles at those places would have occurred only during those windows.

JF Urgent Care Center, CCMC and Everyday health Care are attempting to contact patients who were potentially exposed.

Fresno County residents who were at any of the locations during those times and show any signs of measles should stay at home, verify their immunization status, then contact their health care provider by telephone for instructions.

Residents with questions about potential exposure can call the county health department's Communicable Disease Investigation Program at 559-600-3332.

Vaccination is the best prevention measure, though no vaccine is 100 percent effective.

If a person is infected with measles, the symptoms will be far less severe if the person is vaccinated.

In 2015, there was a measles scare in Fresno after an infected man was thought to have potentially exposed mothers and babies in the labor and delivery area at Community Regional Medical Center. In all, 527 people at CRMC were at risk of contracting measles.

The man, a visitor to Fresno County, also visited a local grocery story and Fashion Fair Mall, increasing the number of people who may have been exposed.

Turns out, though, that no other measles cases popped up.

This story was updated on Monday, May 7 to add a new location where the patient had gone.

Bryant-Jon Anteola: 559-441-6362, @Banteola_TheBee
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