By Karen D’Souza | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: April 18, 2019 at 11:06 am | UPDATED: April 18, 2019 at 11:18 am Once considered eliminated, measles is again on the rise with more cases this year already than in all of 2018. Several incidents of measles in the Bay Area, including the recent case of a San Mateo resident at Google headquarters, have many wondering if they are at risk of getting infected. Here are some frequent questions about the highly contagious virus, the vaccine and what to do if you are exposed to measles with answers provided by the CDC. Health experts agree that the key to preventing outbreaks is getting more people vaccinated. “Measles can cause serious illness and even death,” says Dr. Jonathan Blum, chief of infectious disease at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara. “Because measles is so contagious, we need to have a high level of immunity in the community in order to prevent ongoing transmission of the virus. Unvaccinated people are like ‘fertile ground’ for the spread of the virus – if there are enough of them, the virus will continue to spread.” Q: What are the symptoms? A: Measles starts with a fever… Read full this story
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