Costco Customers May Have Been Exposed To Measles Outbreak

Costco customers at a store in San Francisco may have been exposed to the growing measles outbreak threat, according to a report from KRON 4.

Officials from the Gilroy store said they have confirmed cases of “possible measles exposure” inside the store. It issued a warning that if they were inside the store “located on 7251 Camino Arroyo on January 18th between the hours of 4-6 p.m., they may have been exposed to measles.”

Fliers issued throughout the store said that shoppers should be on alert for symptoms until February 8.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of measles include the following.

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek — also called Koplik’s spots
  • A skin rash made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another

Furthermore, the infection occurs in “sequential stages over a period of two to three weeks.” These include the following.

  • Infection and incubation. For the first 10 to 14 days after you’re infected, the measles virus incubates. You have no signs or symptoms of measles during this time.
  • Nonspecific signs and symptoms. Measles typically begins with a mild to moderate fever, often accompanied by a persistent cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis) and sore throat. This relatively mild illness may last two or three days.
  • Acute illness and rash. The rash consists of small red spots, some of which are slightly raised. Spots and bumps in tight clusters give the skin a splotchy red appearance. The face breaks out first, particularly behind the ears and along the hairline.

According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, measles have been making a comeback within the United States. Some blame anti-vaccine parents.

Current cases of measles in California can be traced to a widely publicized Disneyland outbreak. That began at two Disney theme parks in Anaheim, California, last December, then spread to seven states and Mexico.

The California Department of Public Health now reports 68 cases in 11 parts of the state.

But what do you think about it, readers? Are so-called “anti-vaxxers” causing the resurgence of dormant viruses and diseases in children and putting others at risk?

And if so, should it be a requirement for all parents to get their children vaccinated? And do you think the Costco warning will lead to more cases? Sound off in our comments section.