The measles virus has rapidly spread around the U.S. in areas like L.A., New York,Orange County, and Washington state, with major cases being identified over the past two weeks.
Measles is an infectious viral disease causing fever and a red rash on the skin, typically occurring in childhood. L.A. county declared a measles outbreak last week which caused more than 1000 people to stay home because they may have been exposed to the virus. L.A. County health officer Dr. Muntu Davis claims, “An L.A. County resident visited Vietnam earlier this year and contracted measles.” This was the first known case of the outbreak.
Another case of measles was reported when an L.A. County resident took a trip to and returned from Thailand. Davis continued, “There's a high number of cases in many other countries and people are travelling more. We expect that we may see more cases of measles inside Los Angeles County.” It's said that anyone leaving the country has the two recommended doses of the measles vaccine, which together can be 97% effective. This year in California 14 out of 38 people became sick with measles after visiting countries like India, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Ukraine. Four of the people infected 22 others but they hadn't been vaccinated. If you have symptoms like pain in the muscles, fever, malaise, fatigue, or loss of appetite, skin rash, dry cough, pink eye, diarrhea and headaches. It is recommend you get checked out by a physician. Diseases once thought to be eradicated are coming back due to parents questioning and not having their children get required vaccines.
Reporter: Brian Luna