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Concerned about measles?

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The recent measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in Southern California has received a bundle of media attention.

Measles spread from an unvaccinated, infected person who had visited the park in December 2014.  According to CDC health officials, 68 cases were reported from Jan. 1- 23, 2015 that are part of ongoing outbreak linked to the park in California.

Measles is highly contagious and can be spread through the air, cough or a sneeze, without physical contact. Infection usually begins with a fever followed by a cough, sore throat, runny nose, sore eyes and a rash. Complications in chronically ill can include blindness, hearing loss, pneumonia and death.

People who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, pregnant women, infants under 6 months old, and those with weakened immune systems are susceptible to contracting the highly contagious illness.

Vaccination is the MOST important strategy to prevent measles. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, check with your provider to have a test to check for measles immunity or to receive vaccination. If most people in the community are vaccinated, it's harder for an infection to take hold and spread.

Please contact 82d AMDS Public Health Flight at (940) 676-1874 for any questions or concerns.

Additional information about Measles is available at the CDC website: