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LA Confirms Additional Measles Cases, With Exposure Risks at Third Street and Fairfax

A number of potential measles exposures at restaurants around The Grove and Whole Foods at the busy intersection

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

LA County Health Department has announced additional measles cases today, with officials warning that people who visited The Grove, Farmer’s Market, and various locations points around the busy intersection of Third Street and Fairfax on April 27, 2019 were at risk of exposure due to two affected individuals.

The health department tracked a number of public spaces where the infected patients visited throughout April, and quite a few are in or around the intersection of Third Street and Fairfax:

  • April 27 — Farmer’s Daughter Hotel all day on April 27 to 10 a.m. on April 28
  • April 27 — Peet’s Coffee on Third and Fairfax from 9 a.m. until noon
  • April 27 — Fratelli Cafe at 7200 Melrose from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • April 27 — Tart Restaurant inside Farmer’s Daughter Hotel from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
  • April 27 — The Grove from 2 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
  • April 27 — Barnes & Noble and J. Crew at The Grove from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
  • April 27 — The Original Farmers Market from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • April 27 — The Third and Fairfax Whole Foods from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Measles poses a great risk to those who haven’t been vaccinated, as the virus is highly contagious. The recent outbreak stemmed from infected patients unaware they were carrying the disease. Plus, an infected patient might not show any symptoms up to 21 days after being exposed.

If not immunized and present at one of the aforementioned sites during the specific dates and times, one could be at risk of developing measles, according to health officials. The health department emphasized these businesses are presently safe. A statement reads, “There is no known current risk related to measles that exists at any of these venues at this time.”

The official exposure sites are on the LA County site, but there are a number of potential exposures at restaurants in Long Beach and Orange County. Health officials urge Southern California residents to make sure immunizations are current, find a local public health clinic, or dial 2-1-1.

On April 25, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced two measles outbreaks at two Southern California restaurants. Eater reported the cases throughout the region, where infected individuals unknowingly exposed others to the virus at restaurants in Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge.