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State health director Dr. Ron Chapman in a news release says two Utah resident cases have also been confirmed and three additional California residents are also suspected to have measles and are under investigation.
All confirmed and suspect cases reported visiting Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Orange County, sometime between December 15 and December 20, 2014.
Based on information from current cases, it is likely that a person infectious with measles was at one of the theme parks on these dates. People can be infectious with measles for 9 days. Measles typically begins with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes and within a few days a red rash appears, usually first on the face and then spreads downward to the rest of the body. Measles is a highly infectious, airborne disease.
“If you have symptoms, and believe you may have been exposed, please contact your health care provider,” said Dr. Chapman. “The best way to prevent measles and its spread is to get vaccinated.”
Measles has been eliminated in the United States since 2000. However, large measles outbreaks have occurred in Western Europe, Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines in recent years. Travelers to areas where measles is endemic can bring measles back to the U.S., resulting in limited domestic transmission of measles.
Disney and other theme parks in California are international attractions and visitors come from many parts of the world, including those where measles is endemic. Two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) are more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles. Measles vaccines have been available in the United States since 1963, and two doses have been recommended since 1989. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, check with your doctor to have a test to check for measles immunity or to receive vaccination.
The California confirmed cases reside in five local health jurisdictions Alameda, Orange, Pasadena, Riverside, and San Diego and range in age from 8 months to 21 years. Six cases were unvaccinated for measles, 2 were too young to be vaccinated, and 1 had received appropriate vaccination (two doses of MMR vaccine).
Several large contact investigations are ongoing. Health care providers treating patients with fever and a rash should consider measles, and ask patients about travel to international destinations and domestic venues that are popular with international travelers.
More information about measles can be found at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Measles.aspx
French police had identified the three suspects as brothers Saïd Kouachi and Chérif Kouachi – both French males in their 30s – and 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, according to NBC News. Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges related to fighting in Iraq and sentenced to a year and a half in prison.
Two masked gunmen armed with Kalashnikov assault weapons stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday morning, killing 12 people. The attackers killed an employee stationed on the first floor before breaking into an editorial staff meeting taking place upstairs, according to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins. They yelled “Allahu Akbar” — or “God is great” —before fleeing to a black Citroen parked outside, he added.
French police have identified three suspects, NBC News confirmed. The suspects are brothers Saïd Kouachi and Chérif Kouachi, both French males in their 30s. The third suspect, Hamyd Mourad, is 18 years old. Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges related to fighting in Iraq and sentenced to a year and a half in prison.
A massive manhunt was underway in the French capital following the attack on the publication, which had been under threat for years for printing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and other satirical writings about Islam. An anti-terror raid took place late Wednesday in the city of Reims, north of Paris, Agence France-Presse reported.
Of the 12 dead, the 10 killed in the production office included one police officer, one guest, and eight journalists, Molins said at a press conference on Wednesday. In addition, one maintenance personnel and another officer, who engaged the group as they fled, were killed. Eleven others have been wounded, four of which are in critical condition. He added that the attackers headed north from the Charlie Hebdo offices, abandoned the vehicle they fled in, and carjacked a Renault Clio.
French President Francois Hollande, who called the shootings a “terrorist attack,” said that Thursday would be a national day of mourning in the country and that they were be a moment of silence at noon local time. “We need to stop the attackers, try them, and very severely punish them,” the president said on Wednesday. “We will do everything we can to apprehend them. We also need to protect all public spaces.” He continued, adding “We need to be ourselves. Our best weapon is our unity.”
In response to the attack, France raised its threat level and increased security at other media organizations, shops and places of worship.
A senior U.S. counter-terrorism official told NBC News they had no confirmation of any claim of responsibility for the attack. “We cannot confirm that ISIS or AQAP or any other group is responsible,” the official said.
In Washington, President Barack Obama strongly condemned the attack. ”I think that all of us recognize that France is one of our oldest allies, our strongest allies,” he said in the statement. Obama added that “our counterterrorism cooperation with France is excellent. We will provide them with every bit of assistance that we can going forward.”
Obama offered Holland U.S. resources to help “identify, apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrators and anyone who helped plan or enable this terrorist attack,” according to a White House readout of a call Wednesday between the two leaders.
The offices of Charlie Hebdo are not far from the U.S. Embassy in Paris. There “are no plans to close or limit access to the U.S. Embassy in Paris or other diplomatic facilities in France,” the embassy tweeted. Flags at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., were flown at half mast on Wednesday in response to the tragedy.
Charlie Hebdo has long courted controversy with satirical attacks on political and religious leaders. Some Muslims interpret the Quran as prohibiting visual depictions of the prophet. In 2012, France was forced to temporarily close its embassies and schools in more than 20 countries amid fears of reprisals after the magazine printed cartoons of Muhammad. The Charlie Hebdo offices were also firebombed in 2011 after publishing a caricature of the prophet on its cover.
As a result of the prior attack and ongoing threats to the magazine, police officers had been permanently assigned to protect the magazine’s offices and were on site Wednesday morning. The two officers engaged the gunmen and were killed in the attack.
The publication’s most recent tweet was a cartoon of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS. The text in the cartoon translates to: “Best wishes, by the way.”
Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday emphasized the need to protect press freedom. “What [terrorists] don’t understand is they will only strengthen the commitment to that freedom and our commitment to a civilized world,” he said.
Wednesday’s shooting is one of the worst terror attacks on French soil. In March 2012, seven people were killed in three gun attacks targeting French soldiers and Jewish civilians in Montauban and Toulouse, while a string of bombings in 1995 killed eight and injured more than 100.
Muslim leaders in France, as well as in the U.S., condemned Wednesday’s violence. “This extremely grave barbaric action is also an attack against democracy and the freedom of the press,” the French Muslim Council said in a statement.
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said “the murders in Paris are sickening,” adding on Twitter that the U.K. stands with France in its fight against terrorism.
There was an international outpouring of support for France and freedom of the press. On Twitter, #jesuischarlie was trending worldwide. Journalists, students, and many of the city’s residents were photographed holding signs bearing the slogan, which means “I am Charlie.” The message has flooded the streets of Paris in the form of homemade placards, as well as professionally printed signs and stickers. As night fell, crowds gathered for candlelight vigils in memory of those killed. An illuminated sign atop a monument in Paris’ Plaza de la Republique stated, “Not afraid.”
“Bernard Maris was a cultured, kind and very tolerant man. He will be much missed,” said Christian Noyer, governor of the Bank of France.
Author Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Versus” prompted Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa against him in 1989, commented on the Paris shooting.
“Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms,” he said in a statement. “This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity.”
Houchin said "the supply of all important negative blood types is of particular concern, because patients with those blood types can only take A-, B-, AB- or the universal O- blood type. Having enough of each blood type collected, tested and ready to go to our hospitals is what saves lives. That life could be your own, or that of someone you love."
New and existing volunteer donors are urged to come in to either donation center to help fill the shelves with the lifesaving gift only they can share.
Appointments are not needed as walk-ins are welcome. Blood donors just need to be in good health, weigh 110 pounds and have a photo ID with date of birth to get started. Donors must be 17 years of age or older, or 16 with parental consent. It takes only an hour to donate blood.
A list of mobile blood drives located throughout the County can be found at www.hcbb.com.
According to Houchin:
To recognize the gift of life that donors share, the blood bank is saying thank you during National Blood Donor Month with a free Reasons to Give t-shirts for all donors. All January donors also receive a coupon for a free individual pizza from Rusty’s, and are automatically entered to win two exciting prizes: A complete WiiU system and flat screen TV from Kern Health Systems, and a weekend on the town in Bakersfield thanks to the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center and the Executives’ Association of Kern County.
The regular hours for the Truxtun Donor Center are 9 am to 6 pm Monday-Wednesday, Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm, Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. The Bolthouse Donor Center is regularly open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm, Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. Both centers are closed on Sunday. More information and optional appointments are available at , or from Peggy Smith at 661-616-2505.
If you are unable to attend the showing, organizers say they expect the film to eventually be available online, though no word yet on when that will be.
CALM will use the x-ray machines in its rehabilitation clinic. The donation was made possible because Omni Family Health no longer needs the machines. The zoo will convert the machines to digital x-ray, the cost of which is much less than having to purchase a new machine.
“There are many instances when we need immediate diagnosis in order to save an animal. The donation of these x-ray machines will allow us to better assess the health of the animals in our care at CALM,” said zoo curator Donald Richardson.
According to Francisco L. Castillon, Chief Executive Officer for Omni Family Health, “we are happy to partner with CALM and are appreciative of the opportunity to make a difference in the community with this donation.”
The x-ray machines will be installed in the coming months in anticipation of the spring rehabilitation season.
Officials at Cal Trans say the Northbound 99 connector to eastbound Highway 58 will be closed weather permitting Saturday morning for electrical work in the area. The closure is expected between 9:00 a.m. and noon.
Cal Trans says closures may continue for longer periods of time if necessary, due to delays caused by weather or uncontrollable events that may occur during maintenance.
Cal Trans is urging drivers to pay close attention to directional signs, as detours will be made available. Commuters will experience delays and are encouraged to avoid this area and use alternate routes.
Portable message signage will be in place advising motorists of the closures. Motorists are advised to watch for highway workers and to adhere to all closure signage.
Caltrans would like to thank residents and commuters for their patience during this maintenance operation. The public is asked to please be alert for road maintenance personnel and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”
To raise awareness of the crime, a locally produced documentary is premiering Thursday night at Maya Cinemas. The Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking is hosting the premiere of The Trafficked Life, a film by Michael Fagans.
The documentary features three local women who are survivors of sex trafficking. The Trafficked Life gives some insight into what these victims go through.
Department of Human Services program specialist Vanessa Frando said, "They were formerly in the life. They are no longer part of that. They are survivors. They are helping us to educate the public."
The number of people being trafficked in Kern County is unknown -- but Magdalene Hope founder Doug Bennett says by helping people involved in prostitution locally, he estimates the majority are being trafficked.
Bennett said, "When you drive down Union Avenue, three of the four women you see do not want to be out there and they're being forced to be out there through force fraud or coercion."
Frando says some people are more vulnerable than others.
"Children that are in low income families, broken families, foster youth are all populations that are at high risk," she said.
Bennett said, "The average age that a girl enters into prostitution is 12 to 14 years old. Any time there is a minor who is brought up on a prostitution charge, it's always human trafficking."
Organizers say they expect the documentary to eventually be available online.
Friday the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking is hosting its second annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It's at noon at the Liberty Bell in downtown Bakersfield and is free and open to the public.
City and county animal services teamed up with Wings of Rescue to fly 20 dogs to new homes in Oregon, where there's a demand for pets. The non-profit flies cats and dogs to their forever homes.
Animal control officials say this is a win-win for everyone.
Another flight takes off February 5, 2015. The "Flight of the Valentines" will bring 140 dogs to New York. For more information or to help the non-profit, visit www.WingsofRescue.org.
Story courtesy of NBC LA.
See the video HERE.