David Kaye, an occupational medication doctor at Google, wrote that the employee had been within the workplace on 1295 Charleston Highway April 4.
Though the source who provided Buzzfeed with the letter believes it was sent to all employees in the company, five staffers told the media organization that they never received it or were warned of the diagnosis. In an e-mail dispatched to some workers final week and obtained by BuzzFeed Information, a workers physician at Google wrote that an employee who had not too long ago been in certainly one of its Mountain View, California, buildings had been identified with measles.
Google is working with the Santa Clara (Calif.) County Public Health Department to limit the measles exposure.
Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County health officer and public health director, would not confirm whether the San Mateo resident was an employee of Google.
Google has faced backlash in recent months for promoting anti-vaccine content on its video streaming platform, YouTube.
YouTube, the video website owned by Google, has been criticised for allowing so-called anti-vax videos to proliferate.
CNN reported that Congressman Adam Schiff in February sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, urging the company to crack down on anti-vaxxers spreading inaccurate information about potential side effects and risks associated with the measles vaccine. "I am writing out of my concern that YouTube [owned by Google] is surfacing and recommending messages that discourage parents from vaccinating their children, a direct threat to public health, and reversing progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases", Schiff wrote.
At least 555 measles cases, including 21 in California, have been confirmed across the country so far this year - the second highest number of cases reported in a single year since the disease was declared domestically eradicated in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It was not clear if they visited the Mountain View headquarters or a satellite office elsewhere in Santa Clara County.
The company physician also reached out to the county health officials to report the case.
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from an infected person by coughing, sneezing or even just breathing. In a March statement, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revealed that a traveler carrying measles had passed through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on February 21. "Individuals who were at Terminal B and Delta Terminal 3 from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. on Thursday may be at risk of developing measles due to exposure to this traveler".
A worker infected with measles visited Google's Northern California campus earlier this month, according to a report Wednesday.