WEATHER »

Possible Measles Case Detected in Santa Barbara


A possible case of the measles has been detected in Santa Barbara County, the Public Health Department announced Wednesday morning. Officials did not elaborate on the location or nature of the case — which would be the first in Santa Barbara since an outbreak started sweeping through California last month — and they have scheduled a press conference for 1:30 this afternoon.

In a prepared statement, the agency said it is “taking an abundance of caution” to protect Santa Barbara residents at risk of contracting the disease. It has provided vaccines to members of the affected household and quarantined them to their home, started to identify and track down people who may have been exposed, coordinated with other medical agencies, and gathered specimens for lab testing.

From January 1 to January 26, 73 people in California were diagnosed with measles, including three in Ventura County. Health officials have not determined the source of the Santa Barbara case. “There are a number of respiratory viruses and rashes going around now,” said Public Health’s Dr. Charity Thoman in a prepared statement. “It is likely we will continue to see possible cases that need to be determined through laboratory testing.”

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Town Hall Jumble — A Review

Answers rained down like a winter storm, but what was the question?

California State Senate Bill Seeks Automatic Enrollment for Emergency Alerts

SB 821 would also allow residents to opt out.

Peabody Stadium Landscaping Slightly Over Budget

The school board approved paying the $77,000 overrun with contingency funds.

Naloxone Saves Another

A trained deputy administered the nasal spray to an overdosed male in Goleta.

Cop Dog Helps Drug Bust in Montecito

A convicted felon was caught with heroin, cash, and a handgun.