Google, which has faced criticism for spreading videos that promote dubious anti-vaccine information, is in contact with health officials about a case of the measles involving a Google employee in Silicon Valley, according to a BuzzFeed report on Wednesday.
The incident was revealed in an email sent to Google employees, obtained by BuzzFeed, which stated that one of its employees working out of its Mountain View, California offices had been diagnosed with the measles. That worker had been at Google’s office on 1295 Charleston Road on April 4, the email said.
The measles is a highly contagious disease that can linger and infect people, even when the sick person is not present.
The virus had been eliminated in the US by 2000, but cases have recently resurfaced, partly, public health officials have said, because of the spread of anti-vax information on social media. As of last week, there are 555 cases of the measles across the US.
YouTube, the video website owned by Google, has been criticized for allowing so-called anti-vax videos to proliferate. YouTube has said it considers the videos to be “dangerous or harmful,” but still allows them on its site. YouTube does not allow anti-vax content to