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Facts about Measles
Measles, also known as Rubeola (not to be confused with the unrelated Rubella virus), is a highly contagious viral respiratory disease. Symptoms of the disease include a high fever, cough, and runny nose that is followed by a rash. The disease was once common in the United States with an estimated 3 to 4 million people becoming infected per year prior to 1963. This disease was not taken lightly as it also resulted in an estimated 400 to 500 deaths and 48,000 hospitalizations per year. Due to the introduction of a vaccine in 1963 and aggressive vaccination programs in in the 1970s, the number of measles cases declined and the disease was declared eliminated from the US in 2000.
Unfortunately the US has recently begun experiencing a resurgence in the number of measles cases. From January 1 to January 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles. Most of these cases are part of the outbreak originating from Disneyland in California. This outbreak began when international travelers visiting the park spread the disease to unvaccinated employees and visitors.
Information is key to protect yourself and your family from this serious disease. Check out the CDC's FAQ page and the links on this webpage to learn more.
*This information was obtained from the CDC and California Department of Public Health