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Measles outbreak in Orange County, California worst in decades
Thank you California democrats and your beloved illegal Mexican
An outbreak of measles in Orange County, California is the worst
health officials have seen in two decades.
Twenty-one county residents have been diagnosed with measles in
2014, including 7 who have been hospitalized, CBS Los Angeles
"It's very contagious, and what we're trying to do is prevent
the exposure and spread," said O.C. Health Deputy Agency
Director Eric Handle told the station. "The measles virus can
cause inflammation in the brain that can appear immediately, or
seven years out."
Measles is a highly contagious infection that starts with a
fever, cough, runny nose and pink eye before progressing to a
rash on the face, upper neck that within a few days spreads down
to the rest of the body.
Approximately 20 percent of cases experience more serious
complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis, which is a
potentially-fatal swelling of the brain.
The disease is spread through infected droplets from a person's
nose, mouth or throat that are dispersed in the air.
Health officials have set up clinics and urged people who have
not been vaccinated to get the MMR vaccine to stop the disease's
spread. Officials however warned people experiencing symptoms to
speak with their doctors first, because they risk spreading the
disease if they show up to vaccination locations without warning.
Neighboring counties have also seen an increase in cases in
2014, according to officials: Los Angeles County has seen 10
cases this year, and Riverside has seen five.
Recent measles outbreaks have also been reported in San
Francisco and New York City, prompting calls for vaccination.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report last
December found the highest number of measles cases in the past
17 years, with health officials citing philosophical differences
with the vaccine for the increase.
If someone infected comes over from another country where
measles cases are more common, unvaccinated people -- especially
children younger than 6 months -- are at risk.
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