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Measles Outbreak Reaches Orange County

Measles Cases and Outbreaks

California is currently experiencing a large outbreak of measles. The outbreak started in December 2014 when at least 40 people who visited or worked at Disneyland in mid-December contracted measles and now involves 121 cases in 17 states plus Washington DC (CDC, 2/6/15).

This one outbreak represents 85% of the measles cases reported in the U.S. this year.

Of the 22 Orange County measles cases, five are children. Four of these children were not vaccinated and two were hospitalized. Vaccination is critical to preventing further spread of the disease.
Additional Measles Cases Expected in Orange County
Here is some key information you need to know about the measles outbreak:

  • The overall risk of contracting the measles in Orange County is low, and residents who have yet to receive any measles vaccinations should get a dose of the MMR vaccine.
  • Having two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR) is more than 99% effective in preventing measles.
  • If children are exposed to measles, they and all childcare/school staff without documented immunity will be removed from work, child care, or school from day 7 after the first exposure to day 21 after the final exposure.
  • If you suspect you or your child may have measles, please contact your physician’s office immediately.

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Peter L Kim, MD

Dr. Kim,  is the Medical Director of Family Care Centers, Former Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Hoag Hospital, and a recipient of the Physicians of Excellence award from the Orange County Medical Association. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and has been practicing in our community for over 20 years. He is an excellent, caring, and well­qualified physician who is dedicated to providing you with superior health care. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from UCLA and received his medical training at the LAC­USC Medical Center. After completing his residency in Family Medicine, he accepted a sports medicine fellowship at San Jose Medical Center, an affiliate of Stanford University. He enjoys working with patients and families who are training or want to get back into an active lifestyle.

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