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New Measles Exposures Show Up Across Westside and Downtown LA Restaurant

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California Chicken in Santa Monica, two Groundworks Coffees, and American Beauty were among the reported exposure sites

Blood sample positive with measles virus
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Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health is investigating another confirmed measles case in LA. This time, it’s a Los Angeles resident who recently traveled internationally, but the case is not linked to the previously reported outbreaks from May and April this year. This patient visited a number of Southern California businesses, including California Chicken Cafe in Santa Monica, Venice’s burger take-out window American Beauty, plus two Groundworks Coffee locations in Venice and the Arts District.

The Health Department tracked the measles patient’s movement to help identify anyone else who might have been exposed. If present at these locations without proper immunization, a person could be at-risk for developing and spreading the measles. These exposure sites vary from Venice and Brentwood, all the way to Downtown LA. The Health Department emphasizes these businesses have “no known current risk related to measles that exists at these venues at this time.”

July 14, 2019

  • Groundworks Coffee. 671 Rose Ave, Venice, CA — 12:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Frontrunners Shoe Store. 11620 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • CVS. 11941 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA — 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July 15, 2019

  • American Beauty. 425 Rose Ave, Venice, CA — 5:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • Comerica Bank. 12001 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA — 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • California Chicken Cafe. 2401 Wilshire Blvd, CA Santa Monica, CA — 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Groundworks Coffee. 811 Traction Ave, Downtown — 3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

July 16, 2019

  • Equinox Gym 201 Santa Monica Blvd, CA Santa Monica — 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Measles is a viral infection, highly contagious, and spreads from person-to-person. An infected person may not develop a measles rash for up to four days. A majority of individuals without the measles immunization fall ill between seven and 21 days after exposure to the virus. The Health Department suggests the best defense is to receive the measles immunization.

In May this year, two measles cases were reported with potential measles exposures near restaurants at The Grove and Whole Foods. And in April, the Health Department confirmed five cases, where customers at Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge restaurants risked exposure.

KTLA first identified this story. Health officials urge Southern California residents to make sure immunizations are current, find a local public health clinic, or dial 2-1-1.