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Calif. county confirms 21 with measles

California health officials say it's the worst outbreak of the disease in two decades


ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — 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 reports.

"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."

Read full storyMeasles outbreak in Orange County, California worst in decades

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William Bard William Bard Monday, March 31, 2014 7:23:11 PM I wonder how many had been vaccinated.
Kevin Meares Kevin Meares Monday, March 31, 2014 9:36:28 PM Given how many morons there are in this country probably close to none of them.
Cindy Bozeman Bodenhamer Cindy Bozeman Bodenhamer Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:25:13 AM I would not have thought about not giving my children immunization shots. I had the measles as a child before they had the shots. The parents are to blame here. No excuse!!
Amanda Davis Amanda Davis Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:04:02 AM An even more serious issue is that most people don't get booster shots, so even if you were vaccinated previously and feel safe, you're really not safe because the titre of resistance is very low or non-existent. EVERYONE needs vaccination and booster shots! Consequently, I also think parents of kids who became ill and didn't get their kids vaccinated should be held legally accountable for negligence.

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