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Measles reported in Google employee at Mountain View campus

Email obtained by BuzzFeed News indicates company is working with county public health officials

An employee working at Google in Mountain View may be among those diagnosed with measles, according to a report by BuzzFeed News on Thursday. The news outlet reportedly obtained an email sent from a doctor to employees stating that the worker had been in one of the tech giant's offices, located at 1295 Charleston Road, on April 4.

The email, sent on April 13, states the company has been working with county public health officials, and that the notice should be interpreted as a precaution. The employee is a resident of San Mateo County, and is not among the four confirmed cases in Santa Clara County.

Of the four cases in the county, three were found in adult patients and one in a child. Public Health Officer Sara Cody said the country is "swimming in measles," including 21 cases in California, eight of which are in the Bay Area.

The last big uptick in measles was in 2014, when there were 667 cases in the United States over the course of the whole year. At 555 cases as of the first week of April, the country is slated to quickly outpace that number.

At a recent county Health and Hospital Committee meeting, Cody said she is "very concerned" about preserving Santa Clara County's high vaccination rates against all preventable diseases, but particularly measles because it is so highly contagious.

Unlike past cases, which prompted county health officials to list all of the potential dates, times and places that residents could have been exposed to measles, the latest confirmed case of measles came with a short statement by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department saying that the public health risk is "very low."

Public schools and preschools serving Mountain View children report high vaccination rates among their students, ranging from 95 to 99%.

Cody said those rates need to remain high in order to protect the small population that can't be vaccinated for a medical reason, particularly infants who don't get their first shot of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine until they are a year old.

"If the people around them are not vaccinated, they can't be protected," she said. "The only way to protect your baby from becoming really ill from measles is to ensure everyone in contact with your baby gets vaccinated."

Information about the measles is available on the county's website.

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7 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2019 at 6:18 pm

For healthy people who have been vaccinated this is not something that should be overly concerned about. Even a healthy person who has not been vaccinated is most likely to come through a bout of the disease without too much concern other than an unpleasant few days. Vaccination should prevent an individual from getting the disease which is why the vaccination exists.

The vaccination has only been available within the lifetime of many of us and before that was available most of us took the illness in our stride.

The thing to learn from this is that vaccinations are important and anyone who chooses not to vaccinate their children are making this type of outbreak more serious.


7 people like this
Posted by Anti-Vax crowd
a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2019 at 12:30 pm

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4 people like this
Posted by true dat
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 18, 2019 at 12:45 pm

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8 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 18, 2019 at 1:47 pm

How did this happen? Did one of the Googlers believe the anti-vax conspiracy hype? Or did their vaccination not work? The public deserves to know.


22 people like this
Posted by The Reason Why
a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2019 at 2:14 pm

> How did this happen? Did one of the Googlers believe the anti-vax conspiracy hype? Or did their vaccination not work? The public deserves to know.

Not sure of the personnel make-up at Google but India, parts of Africa & Malaysia have the lowest global vaccination rates.

Religious tenets, vaccine availability & ignorance (fear of vaccines) or anti-vaccination sentiments are the predominant causal factors.


4 people like this
Posted by bemused
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Given the already high vaccination rates in Mountain View schools, maybe the state needs to expand it's laws to require large local employers to ensure all of their employees are vaccinated. As mentioned in the other article, it is a huge cost to the county to manage these measles cases, and from what I've read, they are originating from without the community, not from within. Is this just another cost of globalization that the middle class is going to subsidize through taxes while the large companies walk away with the benefits?


25 people like this
Posted by The Reason Why
a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2019 at 2:56 pm

> Given the already high vaccination rates in Mountain View schools, maybe the state needs to expand it's laws to require large local employers to ensure all of their employees are vaccinated.

Good point. Proof of prior overseas immunization or mandatory quarantine upon entering the United States is another viable alternative.

> they are originating from without the community, not from within. Is this just another cost of globalization...

Most likely. When eradicated diseases start making an unusual comeback, it is safe to assume that certain outsiders are bringing them in.

The same goes for reported Diphtheria outbreaks.

Some immigrants/travelers from 3rd world/developing countries seem to have an aversion to getting the necessary shots to ensure public health in the United States.




1 person likes this
Posted by Science should not be denied
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm

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19 people like this
Posted by Keep Measles Where They Came From
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 18, 2019 at 6:21 pm

Baby Boomers will recall classroom pandemics where childhood diseases (i.e. chickenpox, measles & mumps) ran their course & immunity towards later infection was assured.

Modern vaccines have prevented this occurrence but unfortunately some people from overseas are now reintroducing these bugs back into America. Many come from countries where vaccination is either discouraged or against their beliefs...which is OK providing they remain in their own countries.

Unvaccinated American children are now at risk for these periodic outbreaks & it is imperative that they be vaccinated...which most are.

Measles, Diphtheria and Tuberculosis have pretty much been eliminated in the United States due to pro-active immunization programs & regular pediatric care. As a result, Americans who shy away from vaccinations are locked into a false sense of security. In their minds, if these diseases have pretty much been eradicated, then vaccination becomes an optional measure or parental choice.

Not so. Immigrants are now reintroducing these diseases back into the United States & there will probably be other 'former' diseases to contend with (i.e. smallpox & polio).

Proof of immunization and/or full quarantine of all newcomers into the United States is critical as preventative measures. Religion, fear of vaccination & other ignorant mindsets hold no water when it comes to preventing a mass epidemic.

Next one on the horizon will be a highly contagious & devasting seasonal flu virus mutation emanating from some underveloped country or even modern country that shuns certain breakthroughs in modern medicine.

Ethnic diversity & migration is OK to a certain extent but the diversity of preventable diseases that are being brought into the United States is not acceptable.

As aforementioned in an earlier post...

> India, parts of Africa & Malaysia have the lowest global vaccination rates.

Immigrants & overseas travelers to America who have either an adversity to being vaccinated or showing proof of prior vaccination should not be allowed to enter the United States period.





12 people like this
Posted by @Nativist Nonsense
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 18, 2019 at 6:35 pm

"Immigrants are now reintroducing these diseases back into the United States & there will probably be other 'former' diseases to contend with (i.e. smallpox & polio)."

Uh, slick...smallpox only exists in labs in the United States and Russia. Were there an outbreak, you can be sure it will have Putin's fingerprints all over it.

"Ethnic diversity & migration is OK to a certain extent but the diversity of preventable diseases that are being brought into the United States is not acceptable."

Just go ahead and say it: You hate furriners. You just use the current measles outbreak to justify your hatred.


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