We have been asked to help distribute this important notice to the community by the School-Linked Health Services Program of the Berkeley Public Health Division:
As you may already be aware of, there has been a confirmed case of measles in the Berkeley community. Currently, we do not have any confirmed cases of measles in our BUSD community. Measles is a highly contagious disease and can cause serious illness. Measles symptoms can begin one to three weeks after exposure and can include high fever, runny nose, coughing and watery red eyes. A rash develops on the face and neck two to three days after the fever begins, and spreads down the body. If anyone shows symptoms of measles, we are urging them to contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Most people are protected because they have received the MMR vaccine, or have had measles. If someone is unsure of their vaccination status, we encourage them to contact their healthcare provider.
Please review the attached letter (English/Spanish) with additional information on measles, that we have distributed to the school community. This is important information to everyone in the Berkeley community.
More information about measles can be found here. A recent press release can be found here.
Victoria Lopez RN, PHN
School-Linked Health Services Program
Health, Housing & Community Services Dept.
Berkeley Public Health Division
1947 Center Street, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704