Possible measles patient in Butte County, U.S. cases up to 121

Feb 9, 2015 3:36 PM by News Staff

Health officials say the number of measles cases in the nation is up to 121 this year and officials are now investigating a possible case in Butte County.

There has not been a confirmed case in Butte County in a decade, but Enloe officials say a patient came into one of their facilities this weekend exhibiting symptoms of the virus.

According to an Enloe Medical Center spokesperson, the patient was treated and a measles test was administered. Tests results are pending.

The North State has not had any confirmed measles cases since a statewide outbreak started in mid-December when at least 40 people who visited or worked at Disneyland in Orange County contracted measles. Health officials say the number of measles cases in the nation is up to 121 so far this year and all but 18 of the cases are tied to Disneyland.

Until recently, it was unusual to see more than 100 cases a year in the United States. Measles are most commonly seen in winter and early spring, brought in by foreign visitors or by U.S. residents who pick up the highly contagious virus overseas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Monday, adding 19 cases to the 102 reported as of last week.

Last week health officials in Tehama County reported a suspected case of measles, but tests results came back negative.

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with an infected person. The disease is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears.

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