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Measles makes its way to Orange County

Orange County Health Care Agency confirmed a total of 28 cases of the measles in Orange County on Monday, Feb. 2.

FC Student Health Services department sent an email to all students on what to do if one suspects they either have or may have been exposed to the virus.

According to the California Department of Public Health, 42 of the 59 confirmed cases of the measles have been linked to an initial exposure taking place around Dec. 18-20 at the Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure.

Symptoms and signs of the virus appear in the form of a fever, cough, runny nose and pink eye. It is then followed by a thick splotchy red rash that covers the neck, face and spreads to the back.

By the time the rash is apparent, chances are that the virus may have spread to those that have come in contact with the infected person.

If you are unsure if you’ve been properly vaccinated, consult your parent, guardian or your physician.

Those who feel they are at extreme risk should seek vaccinations and can receive two doses of the measles vaccine at their medical provider or at a “minute-clinic,” walk-in clinics with a wide range of services found at Target, Walgreens or CVS Pharmacy stores. If one does not have insurance, an MMR vaccine can cost between $90 to $114.

There is no known cure for the virus, but preventative care is the most effective. This infection is treatable if treatment is received as early as possible.

If anyone suspects they are showing symptoms:

  • Notify your local health department.
  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Avoid going out in public to limit exposure.

For more information, please consult your local health department

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