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UC Berkeley: Second Cal Student Diagnosed With Measles

Officials are urging anyone who may have been exposed to get vaccinated

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By Bay City News—

A second University of California at Berkeley student has been diagnosed with measles, according to university officials. The student, who attended classes the week of March 31, was diagnosed on Friday, according to a statement from the University Health Services.

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The diagnosis comes after a Cal student was diagnosed with measles in February. Campus officials are working with the city of Berkeley's public health department to notify any residents who may have been exposed to the disease.

[Related article: Family of UC Berkeley Student With Measles Contracts the…]
 
Anyone who believes they may have been exposed is urged to review their immunization records and get the measles vaccine as soon as possible if they have not already. Symptoms of the disease can surface one to three weeks after exposure and include high fever, red, watery eyes, coughing and runny nose. Those infected with measles usually develop a rash on the face that spreads to the rest of the body, typically lasting five to six days, according to health officials.
 
People infected with the disease are contagious for several days before and after the rash appears. More information about the illness can be found at www.cdc.gov/measles.
Amy L. Keyishian April 07, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Actually, it could just be that the student didn't get the booster that's now recommended. Hopefully that was the case, and it was a less severe case than it had to be. But wow, an outbreak in Berkeley would be devastating.
Susan April 07, 2014 at 12:25 PM
what happened to the rules that you couldn't go to public schools without vaccinations? My kids had to produce their immunization records in order to go to a UC Campus. Or are these the children of the parents who didn't "believe" in vaccinations? Now all of us who take bart on this line (I do every day) are exposed?
dorthy manser April 07, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Unfortunately, Susan, there are far too many otherwise intelligent people who believe nonsense about vaccinations and find loopholes. It would seem that it will take many deaths from preventable diseases before people wake up to the danger posed by pseudoscientific clap-trap peddled by celebrity know-nothings like Jenny "University of Google" McCarthy.
Susan April 07, 2014 at 04:17 PM
you are SO right.
dorthy manser April 07, 2014 at 04:23 PM
And of course the real tragedy is that they are putting those who are most venerable, the immunocompromised and the very young at the greatest risk. Sometimes ignorance and superstition is relatively harmless, but in this case it is downright dangerous.

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