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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

US - California : Measles outbreak on Mendocino County coast

Article from Press Democrat :

" Three cases of measles have been reported on the Mendocino County coast since April 10, a pattern that public health officials are calling an outbreak.

There had not been a measles case in Mendocino County case in about seven years, said Public Health Nurse Erika Nosera.

All three cases of the highly contagious viral infection involve adults. They are linked to a 32-year-old visitor from France, where more than 5,000 cases have been reported this year, according to the Mendocino County Public Health and Human Services Agency. One person has died and eight suffered neurological complications in France, health officials said.

Eleven other measles cases have been reported statewide since Jan 1. and there has been a spike of the disease nationwide, officials said. At least one case has been reported in Sonoma County in April.

Nearly all the cases in the United States are associated with travelers to and from Europe and Asia, officials said. From 1988 to 1990 and outbreak linked to travel infected 16,400 Californians, killing 75, Nosera said."

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