LIVERMORE, Calif. (KTVU) - A second case of measles was confirmed by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on Friday, bringing the total cases of measles in the Bay Area to three.
It comes on the heels of public health officials in Alameda County warning the public of a possible measles exposure at Sauced BBQ and Spirits in downtown Livermore. Health officials said someone with measles was at the restaurant on March 23 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
"The Public Health Department is contacting all individuals who might have come in contact with this individual while they were contagious, and the risk to the public from this new case is very low," Santa Clara County Public Health Department said in a statement.
Officials are urging anyone who is not vaccinated, and may have been at the restaurant during those hours, to call their doctor immediately. The warning also applies to pregnant women, children who are too young to be vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems. In some cases, people may need to seek preventative treatment within 6 days of exposure.
Sauced BBQ and Spirits declined to comment to KTVU, but a post on their Facebook page said they have followed all guidelines from the Alameda County Public Health Department and there is “currently no risk” at the restaurant. Health officials said they are working to determine if all employees have been vaccinated.
A spokesman for the Alameda County Public Health Department said their office was notified of the exposure by the California Department of Public Health. The person with measles does not live in Alameda County and was diagnosed with measles in their home county. It’s possible the person did not know they had the virus when they were in Livermore.
As for the second case of measles in Santa Clara County, KTVU Reporter Jesse Gary confirmed it is separate from the case in Livermore and separate from the first Santa Clara County measles case where a tourist visited nearly 2 dozen locations in the South Bay from March 16 to March 22. No other details were immediately available.