Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Fresno County Department of Public Health has announced it is no longer monitoring individuals believed to have been exposed to measles in Fresno County. Measles was confirmed in a Fresno County adult resident on May 4 and the incubation period ended on May 24.
The individual traveled out of state where infection occurred. After returning to California, symptoms developed. To date, no secondary measles cases have been identified. Active monitoring for symptoms in possibly exposed individuals ended on Tuesday. A second 21-day cycle of watching for the illness in individuals that may have been exposed to undetected or unreported cases is now in effect.
Fresno County Health Officer Ken Bird stressed that vaccination remains the best measure to prevent measles.
“Fresno County’s vaccination rate is quite high, and we are grateful that parents are vaccinating their children against viruses such as measles,” he said.
Measles is a highly contagious disease and is easily contracted by breathing in air, which has been shared by a person infected with measles, Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, cough, and a rash that usually starts on the face and spreads down the body.