Thousands of California locals may have been exposed to measles recently when an unvaccinated individual, who was later found to have contracted the disease, rode the BART transit system, according to a special feature on NBC News on February 14, 2014. Following a previous outbreak of the flu virus, the state is hit by yet another epidemic, leaving little breathing room in between. The article highlights the severity of the rash:

Exposed to Measles

“Home-grown cases of measles were considered eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, but the nation has seen a recent uptick in outbreaks because of imported infections brought back by travelers from areas where the disease remains common. The infection can spread rapidly where there are pockets of unvaccinated people. The Bay Area is considered one of the prime sites for unvaccinated children in the U.S., experts say.

Usually there are fewer than 60 cases per year, but in 2013, at least 175 cases were reported in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At its peak, measles killed 500 people a year in America and hospitalized about 48,000.”

Measles can initially manifest with the same symptoms as the common flu, such as high fever and a runny nose. However, it doesn’t take long for measles to develop its trademark red rashes, and by then, it would be too late for patients to prevent developing the disease. Individuals, particularly children, should seek immediate vaccination from a center for urgent care in Cupertino.

On its own, measles can be generally harmless, but complications can quickly develop after an individual contracts the disease. Other, more serious ailments such as pneumonia, corneal ulcer, and even encephalitis can incubate within the infected persons. To prevent any of these from taking root, people are urged to visit a nearby Cupertino walk-in clinic, such as those run by U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, for quick inoculation.

(Source: In California, Thousands Exposed to Measles, NBC News, February 14, 2014)