2nd case of measles confirmed in California county

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department in California confirmed a second case of the measles in an infant. The chid, too young to be vaccinated, came into contact with an unvaccinated adult who recently contracted the virus.

Several individuals who came into contact with the infected adult party have been quarantined, including the infected child.

"This second case of measles highlights the importance of vaccination to protect our most vulnerable community members," said County of San Luis Obispo Deputy Health Officer Christy Mulkerin, MD. "By vaccinating ourselves and our families, we protect those in the community who cannot vaccinate due to age or medical condition."

Measles is a respiratory illness that can be easily spread to those without immunity. Common indicators of infection include fever, runny nose, cough and a rash that spreads all over the body. Measles can sometimes cause serious illness such as pneumonia or encephalitis. The condition can be fatal. Symptoms of measles can take up to 21 days to manifest.

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