Calif. county confirms 21 with measles

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


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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."

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