Measles Exposure At Harris Ranch Prompts Public Health Warning


FRESNO (KMJ) — Visitors to Harris Ranch earlier this month could have been exposed to the measles.

The warning on Wednesday comes from Fresno County Department of Public Health, which established that a woman with the viral infection visited the Coalinga restaurant’s female restroom and Country Store on August 10th between 2pm and 3.30pm.

“So the concern is we had a person, who is not a Fresno County resident, traveling through the county and was infectious with the measles virus and they did stop at the Harris Ranch,” explained the Department of Public Health’s Assistant Director David Luchini.

Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes. A rash is also a common sign of the measles, appearing approximately two weeks after exposure. Officials have asked anyone showing symptoms who also visited the Country Store or women’s restroom while the infected individual was there to call their medical provider.

“You don’t want to drive into your physician’s office or into the emergency room or urgent clinic because, if you do for some reason have measles, then you’re infecting other people.”

In a statement, Harris Ranch tells KMJ News that the exposure was fairly limited, the Coalinga restaurant was one of several locations the woman visited, and that staff are not aware of anyone experiencing symptoms due to this exposure.

Anyone with questions about this exposure can contact the Department of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Investigation program on (559) 600-3332.

Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: