Measles scare temporarily shuts down Grossmont Hospital urgent care clinic

An urgent care clinic on the campus of La Mesa, Calif.-based Grossmont Hospital was shut down for a few hours Wednesday after five people displaying measles symptoms arrived at the clinic, according to a report by La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch.  

When the patients arrived at the Sharp-Reese Stealy Urgent Care Clinic, staff members at the clinic asked everyone in the waiting room if they had been immunized or were immune because of age. The clinic was then shut down and cleaned with germicidal wipes and fresh air circulated for about two hours, Patch reported.

The patients with measles symptoms had samples taken and were sent home, according to the report.

Sharp Healthcare tweeted about the clinic's closure and reopening, stating "the risk of exposure to measles has been removed & [it] is safe for all patients."

Measles has made a resurgence in the U.S. despite there being an effective vaccine for the virus. In 2014, there were 644 cases of measles reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the most since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000, according to the CDC.

A recent outbreak in the U.S. has been linked to Disneyland in California.

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