Measles on the Rise in California This Year

August 15, 2018 - 5:15 pm

(KNX 1070) - Measles cases around California so far this year have topped the total for all of 2017.

There have been 18 cases so far with at least five in Los Angeles County and one in Orange County. There were 15 cases last year.

Europe is dealing with a big measles outbreak with close to 13-thousand cases reported between June 2017 and May of this year.

There has been one case of measles for someone who visited Santa Monica while infectious from August 8 to August 10,  the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed in a press release.

This non-resident tourist visited several spots in Santa Monica including Urth Cafe, Chez Jay Restaurant and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel restaurant.

The department said there is no current risk related to measles exists at these venues at this time as the period of possible exposure was more than one week ago. It said anyone who was present at the various locations with weakened immune systems or not vaccinated against measles may be at risk and should watch for any symptoms. 

More than 100 cases of the measles have been reported across the country so far this year, including cases in California.

Los Angeles County health officials say there have been five cases of the illness reported this year.

KNX reporter Karen Adams reports:

County health's Dr. Franklin Pratt says the cases were isolated and include both children and adults. He advises people to get vaccinated against the measles especially if traveling out of the country. California is among 21 states that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's monitoring for a measles outbreak. It says many of the majority of the people diagnosed with the illness this year were not vaccinated. 

In 2014,  the U.S. experienced a record 667 cases.

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