Measles outbreak

A Measles outbreak has been spreading across the state of Washington and now there are three confirmed cases in California.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 5:47 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif.-- Measles is a highly contagious infection that can be spread through coughing or sneezing. This infection outbreak has been spreading across the state of Washington and now there are three confirmed cases in California.

The first case of Measles was reported in San Francisco on Tuesday for the first time since 2013.

The Santa Clara health department says an airline passenger who had measles exposed two other passengers to the virus on the flight.

Health officials in Butte County say the risk to the general public is low but still want people to get vaccinated if they haven't already. 

"Its not too late to vaccinate, typically the vaccination is the first dose is given at one year of age but if a teenager or even an adult, you can go ahead and get that vaccination," said Lisa Almageur, communications manager of the Butte County Public Health. 

According to Santa Clara Health department, an early MMR vaccine, also known as the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine is reccommended for infants when they are six to eleven monthes old.

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