Measles Risk Not Over

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Los Angeles County’s top health officer said today 15 cases of measles have been confirmed in the county, with 14 of them linked to the outbreak traced to Disneyland, and they exposed hundreds of other people.

Those figures do not include patients in Long Beach and Pasadena, which operate their own health departments. Those cities have both reported two confirmed measles cases.

Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Los Angeles County’s interim health officer and head of the Department of Public Health, said the 15 patients identified by the agency are believed to have had contact with about 700 other people. About three dozen of those people opted to voluntarily stay home from work or school until it can be determined if they have the disease.

None of the 15 people confirmed with measles were vaccinated, he said.

State officials have said there have been more than 90 confirmed cases of measles, stretching across eight states and Mexico. The state Department of Public Health has confirmed 79 California cases, the majority of which can be traced to Disneyland.

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