Tourist may have exposed locals to measles

Public Health Department issues warning after traveler visits eateries, stores while potentially contagious

An international traveler recently found to have measles visited at least six public spaces in the Midpeninsula area earlier this month, leading the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to warn the community that they may be at risk of getting sick if they're not vaccinated against the disease.

The traveler with measles is an adult who was exposed to the infection overseas and visited 20 restaurants, stores and tourist sites within the county from March 16 through last Saturday, March 23, the Public Health Department announced in a statement Tuesday. The locations include places in Palo Alto, Stanford University and Mountain View. (Scroll down to the bottom of this story for a list of the locations in the Midpeninsula.)

The person, whose vaccination status is unverified, was hospitalized. For medical privacy reasons, no additional information about the traveler was released.

Individuals who are not immune and visited the locations may be at risk of developing the viral infection, the agency said. The traveler confirmed to be carrying measles also visited establishments in Sunnyvale, San Jose, Cupertino, Santa Clara and Milpitas.

"The good news is that most people living in Santa Clara County have been vaccinated and are protected from measles," said Dr. Sara Cody, county health officer and director of the Public Health Department. "However, if you or a family member are not immune to measles and you think you were exposed to measles, watch closely for fever, cough, red eyes, runny nose and a rash that starts on the face. Call your doctor right away if you develop any of these symptoms," she added. The symptoms can appear seven to 21 days after first exposure, according to the agency.

This case is not related to the three cases found in the Bay Area earlier this month, the agency said.

The infection is a threat to unvaccinated children and adults, people with weakened immune systems and infants who are too young to receive the MMR vaccine that protects against measles.

For more information about measles, and a full list of locations the person visited, go to

The following list includes locations, dates and times the traveler visited the Midpeninsula area.

Saturday, March 16:

Hoover Tower Observation Deck

550 Serra Mall, Stanford

12:30-3:30 p.m.

Poki Bowl

2305 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

1:30-4 p.m.


600 Showers Drive, Mountain View

3-5 p.m.

Sunday, March 17:

Bill's Cafe

3163 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


400 Castro St., Mountain View

6-9 p.m.

Friday, March 22:


645 San Antonio Road, Mountain View

4:30-6:30 p.m.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 26, 2019 at 3:19 pm

There are only six locations referenced, rather than the "20 restaurants, stores and tourist sites within the county from March 16 through last Saturday, March 23" noted in the article. Can you please update with the full list?

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Posted by Full List
a resident of another community
on Mar 26, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Saturday, March 16
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.​ | T Mobile Store, 789 El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
9:30 a.m. – 12 noon​ | International House of Pancakes, 644 North First St, San Jose
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ​| Apple Visitor Center, 10600 N Tantau Ave, Cupertino
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ​| Hoover Tower Observation Deck, Stanford University, 550 Serra Mall, Stanford
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.​ | Poki Bowl, 2305 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.​ | Walmart, 600 Showers Dr, Mountain View
4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.​ | The Fish Market, 3775 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.​ | Macy's Valley Fair Mall, 2801 Steven's Creek Blvd, Santa Clara

Sunday, March 17
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.​ | Bill's Café, 3163 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.​ | Cascal, 400 Castro St, Mountain View
7:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.​ | 7-Eleven, 848 E. Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale

Monday, March 18
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.​ | Il​ Fornaio (Cucina Italiana), 2752 Augustine Dr, #120 Santa Clara
10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.​ | 7-Eleven, 848 E. Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale

Tuesday, March 19
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.​ | Great Mall, 477 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas
9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.​ | Seniore's Pizza, 940 Monroe St, Santa Clara

Wednesday, March 20
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.​ | SA-BY Thai Cuisine, 404 S. 2nd St, San Jose
9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.​ | Lucky, 3705 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Thursday, March 21
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.​ | CVS Pharmacy, 1165 El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

Friday, March 22
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.​ | Safeway, 645 San Antonio Rd, Mountain View
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.​ | CVS Pharmacy, 1675 Hollenbeck Ave, Sunnyvale

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Posted by mv dweller
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 26, 2019 at 6:11 pm

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Thanks for the fuller list, but where were these people all day mon-thu before 7pm? Also in both lists of locations, there appears that have been potential measeles incidents in multiple places at the same time. How many people were there?

Thank you for reporting this. We should all be aware of this risk. But could you comment on, or update the article to fix the discrepancies?

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Posted by mho
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 26, 2019 at 10:11 pm

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thanks for the full list.,
i don't think there's more than one infected person that they forgot to report,, it's likely that the infected person can't remember exact times they were at all these places,, so these reported times are estimates..
and maybe the mon-thurs before 19:00- the person never went out in a public place?

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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm

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As long as the locals were smart enough to get inoculated, then they're not at risk. Good for them. As for the relatively few others??? Actions (or deliberate lack thereof) have potential consequences.

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Posted by Maggie
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 27, 2019 at 3:26 pm

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I am not worried at all, I have been vaccinated! The anti-vaxxers should see this as the result of their non-scientific approach. Web Link

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Posted by Scott Lamb
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 27, 2019 at 4:36 pm

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The vaccines are not 100% effective, and some people can't be vaccinated for some diseases for legitimate medical reasons. So this statement is false: "As long as the locals were smart enough to get inoculated, then they're not at risk." That's the major reason to care if someone else is vaccinated; part of your protection is herd immunity. Anti-vaxxers put the rest of us at risk.

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Posted by mho
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 27, 2019 at 9:40 pm

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true that,, even if you're vaccinated, you're not 100% in the clear..
at my new job during the hiring process, the occupational health dept. drew my blood to check for HepB immunity.,, and found my blood didn't produce enough antibodies above a certain threshold that would enable my body to mount an effective immune response if i'm exposed.. so they required i get a new vaccine in addition to the one i had in 1993.

so anyone at those places during the same time as that infected dumbass must still pay attention to any health symptoms in the next month. measles is an airborne disease

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Posted by Maggie
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 28, 2019 at 9:28 am

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How come we are not hearing from Anti-Vaxxers? There are measles and mumps breaking out all over the country- People are holding chicken pox parties- and a case of tetanus where the child has hospitalized for over a month!.

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Posted by Otto_Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 29, 2019 at 2:41 pm

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Gee.. why would someone with an opposing viewpoint bother posting here? You all have it all figured out already.

Science overrides freedom.

I vaccinated my kids but I don't think it's the government's job to tell parents they have to inject things into their children. It's between parents and their doctors.

Freedom means being free to fall on your ass.

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Posted by Senior Vet
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 29, 2019 at 6:57 pm

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@Otto_Maddox Maybe you need to look up Herd immunity. In order to protect all people from the disease, a significant amount of people need to be vaccinated. Mumps can be deadly to an infant, or someone with a compromised immune system. And on your own- you would know nothing- it's the CDC or WHO that has the information. Too bad more people don't believe in science. Web Link

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