The MMR vaccine prevents measles. Defense Department photo

The first case of measles this year in San Diego County has been confirmed in an 11-month-old baby who recently traveled to the Philippines, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.

The infant, who had not been vaccinated, is currently being treated at a hospital.

The county warned that others at three Kaiser Permanente locations may have been exposed. The locations and dates are:

  • Kaiser Permanente Otay Mesa Medical Office Pediatric Clinic, 4650 Palm Ave., on July 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Aug. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Aug. 5 from 4:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Kaiser Permanente Otay Mesa Medical Office Urgent Care and Pharmacy on Aug. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, 9455 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., on Aug. 5 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Authorities are working with Kaiser Permanente to identify and follow up with patients and staff who may have been exposed at those locations to determine if they have been vaccinated and their potential for developing measles

Anyone with symptoms — a red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body — is asked to call their doctor’s office in advance so that infection-control measures may be activated.

Once a nearly-eradicated disease, measles has reappeared in the United States in recent years because of an unfounded belief that vaccines can lead to autism. So far this year, there have been been 16 measles cases in Los Angeles County.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.