Santa Barbara County's second case of measles was confirmed Thursday by Public Health officials who only identified the patient as an unvaccinated adult who recently returned from international travels. 

The new report comes less than a week after health officials confirmed the county's first case of measles in three years.

Jackie Ruiz, spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, said the individual has been in isolation since June 5 after contracting the disease outside Santa Barbara County.

Public Health officials declined to give additional information about the individual, citing medical privacy laws.

As of June 5, 1,001 cases of measles — the largest number since 1994 — have been reported across the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In California, the Department of Public Health reported 51 cases of measles statewide.

More than 700 cases of measles -- the largest number since 1994 -- have been reported across the United States, including 40 cases reported in southern and northern California. While no cases of measles have been reported in Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo counties, a handful of local elementary schools -- both public and private -- are vulnerable to the disease due to low vaccination rates among kindergartners, according to the "Shots for Schools” website, which is run by the California Department of Public Health.

Individuals who have been exposed may expect symptoms of a high fever, cough and runny nose — similar to a bad cold or slight flu — to develop one to two weeks after exposure.

A rash — red, flat spots on the face that travel down the neck, torso, arms and legs — develops a few days after the onset of symptoms, and fevers can spike to more than 104 degrees.

Individuals who suspect they may have contracted the disease are encouraged to call ahead to any medical facility, including hospitals and clinics, before arriving so the facility can take measures to protect patients and visitors from exposure.

Additional information on measles, including how to check your immunization status and protect yourself from infection, can be found at the Public Health Department's website at

Reach reporter Mathew Burciaga at 805-739-2205 or Follow him on Twitter @mathewburciaga


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