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Health officials confirm measles exposure in Kern County

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 18:38:36-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Public Health Services is reporting a measles exposure in Kern County after the infectious person stayed at the DoubleTree Hotel in Northwest Bakersfield.

According to officials, from July 4 through July 5 the person stayed at the hotel located at 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. As of now health officials are saying anyone who stayed at the DoubleTree Hotel during this time may have been exposed to measles.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes and will stay in the air for up to one hour afterwards. Anyone who has been exposed and is not immune should watch for symptoms until July 26, 2019, according to Kern County Public Health Services.

Symptoms can include high fever (101°F and above), cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash that starts at the hairline and travels downward to the rest of the body. Measles can develop into pneumonia and cause life-threatening complications.

Officials say if you think have symptoms, contact your healthcare provider by phone.

There have been no confirmed cases of measles in Kern County residents this year and there is no known ongoing risk to the public. For more information you can call (661) 321-3000.