Measles at the Googleplex: Infected Google employee may have exposed others
Apr. 18 -- Hundreds of Google employees may want to search "measles symptoms" on the slog home from work, after learning that one of their own has been diagnosed with measles.
David Kaye, an occupational medicine physician who works on Google's campus, told workers in an email sent last week that the Googler had been in an office building at 1295 Charleston Road in Mountain View on April 4.
"We have been working with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and they would like us to share this measles advisory, which contains information on measles, exposure risks and actions to be taken," Kaye wrote in an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Google did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
The diagnosed employee works in Santa Clara County but is a resident of San Mateo County, according to a statement from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department. It said this case is unrelated to previously reported cases of measles in the area.
"There is no additional risk to the public," the department said.
The Centers for Disease Control has said 2019 appears to be the worst year for measles cases in a quarter-century.
People are at risk of exposure only if they were present in the building at specific times. Measles start to present symptoms seven to 21 days after exposure, and include fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by the signature red rash. People who believe they have measles should contact their doctor by phone before visiting a medical office or hospital.
The email from Kaye directed workers to frequently asked questions on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's web page on measles.
BuzzFeed News reported that the email was sent initially to workers at 1295 Charleston Road, but has since spread across campus as workers forward it to colleagues and post in private groups.
The 70,000-sq. ft. office building on the eastern side of Google's headquarters campus, which the company bought in 2006, has 462 employees, public records show. It's unclear which teams are housed in the building, though the company has held some meetings related to its Google Cloud business there.
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