Philippine measles outbreak spreads to SF Bay Area

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 14, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Public health officials in the San Francisco Bay Area are on alert over a potential measles outbreak that they traced back to the Philippines.

Officials issued a warning Thursday that thousands of Bay Area residents could have been exposed to measles last week when an infected UC Berkeley student attended classes and rode on BART.

A spokesperson from the Contra Costa Health Services Department of Communicable Diseases told Balitang America that the student, whose identity has not been released, was infected with measles while traveling to the Philippines.

The Philippine Department of Health reported over 1,700 measles cases last year that resulted in more than two dozen child deaths.

Contra Costa Health officials say that four measles cases were detected in California this year; three of the cases are linked with travel to the Philippines.

Six measles cases associated with the Philippines were also reported in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday.

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The public is advised to check their immunization records before traveling abroad.

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