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 Santa Clara, 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.