Hundreds of Nor Cal Residents Exposed to Measles, Officials Say

Around 300 people were exposed to measles at the UC Davis Medical Center emergency department last week, according to an announcement from Sacramento and El Dorado County health officials.

The exposure occurred on March 5, between 12 and 5 PM when a child with measles was brought into the ER for treatment. 

People who may have been exposed are being told to contact a doctor or healthcare provider — by phone but not in person — if they are pregnant, immunocompromised, caring for an infant, or are not vaccinated against the disease. It can take 14 days after exposure for symptoms to occur. 

Measles is a serious disease, particularly for young children and babies. 

“Nearly 1 to 3 of every 1,000 children who become infected with measles will die from respiratory and neurologic complications,” according to the CDC.

Parts of the United States are experiencing a resurgence of measles, with declining immunization rates playing a central role. A recent outbreak in Broward County, Florida has spotlighted the controversial public health policies of Gov. Ron DeSantis and his surgeon general Joseph Ladapo.

California battled a similar resurgence of measles ten years ago. The outbreaks prompted state lawmakers to crack down on vaccination requirements in schools by closing the personal belief exemption loophole.