Google Warns Employees After a Worker with Measles Visited HQ

Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine.

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Measles Alert At Google HQ: Google headquarters in Silicon Valley has warned their employees after a worker was diagnosed with measles visited the campus earlier in April.
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Google headquarters in Silicon Valley has warned their employees after a worker was diagnosed with measles visited the campus earlier in April, as per a report in CNN.

A staff email was sent last week after the worker, who is reported to be a resident San Mateo County, visited the Google office at 1295 Charleston Rd.

As per a report in BuzzFeed News, an email alerting the employees was sent by David Kaye, a staff doctor at Google, stating that the affected worker was in one of the Mountain View California buildings on April 4 and was diagnosed with measles and that the mail was “ just a precaution.”

Reports suggest that there were two fresh cases of people diagnosed with measles in the county and one of them was the worker who visited the Google headquarters.

A statement issued by Cassius Lockett, the Director of Public Health of the San Mateo County, stated:

San Mateo County Health communicable disease investigators are following these cases and getting regular updates from our partners in other jurisdictions to advise those who may have been exposed to measles to consult with their local health care providers. 

Earlier in March, a New York county declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak. Hundreds of people were vaccinated and Rockland County even banned non-vaccinated minors from public places in a bid to prevent the once-eliminated disease from spreading.

The emergency came during a US surge in measles cases, linked to an anti-vaccination movement.

Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said on 15 April, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.

Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) has in recent months sounded the alarm over slipping global vaccination rates.

“Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This follows consecutive increases over the past two years,” it said in a statement.

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