For Immediate Release: January 21, 2015
Contact: Nicole Stanfield, firstname.lastname@example.org, 714-834-2178
Ongoing Measles Transmission in Orange County
(Santa Ana) – There are now twenty (20) confirmed measles cases in Orange County, signaling ongoing measles transmission in Orange County and at Disneyland Parks. Measles is in the community and additional cases are expected to be identified. The best way to prevent the spread of measles is by getting vaccinated. Those who are vaccinated and become ill usually experience mild illness and do not typically spread the disease to others.
Eight of the confirmed cases acquired the disease in the community. Twelve of the confirmed cases spent time at Disneyland Parks since December 17, 2014. The Health Care Agency continues to coordinate with Disneyland Parks and other known exposure locations to help protect visitors, employees, and the community from the continued spread of measles.
Measles symptoms usually begin 10-12 days, and up to 21 days, after exposure. The initial symptoms typically include fever, fatigue, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis; followed 2-4 days later by a rash that begins around the ears and hairline and spreads to cover the face, trunk, arms and legs. Anyone suspecting they have measles should CALL their medical provider BEFORE arriving at the medical office to avoid exposing others to the measles virus.
Protect Yourself and Family from Measles:
- Vaccinations are very safe. The benefits far outweigh any risks. Side effects are usually mild, such as soreness where the shot was given.
- Vaccinating children, adolescents and adults is the best way to protect infants who are too young to receive the MMR vaccine.
- Children should receive their first MMR vaccine at 12-15 months of age. The second dose of MMR is usually given at 4 to 6 years of age before going to school, but can be given at any time at least 28 days after the first dose.
- Measles vaccine is widely available in the community, and free and low-cost vaccinations are available. A complete list is available at www.ochealthinfo.com.
To learn more about measles, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Orange County Health Care Agency.
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