Four People Have Caught Measles From a Traveler in L.A. County

Four L.A. County residents have contracted measles from a single individual who was visiting the U.S. from overseas. According to the county’s public health department, the visitor had not been vaccinated.

The four individuals may have exposed people at more than two dozen establishments, most of them in the West Los Angeles area. A list is available at the L.A. Times

“For those who are not protected, measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that initially causes fever, cough, red, watery eyes and, finally, a rash,” Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said in a statement.

People should check their immunization history to make sure that they have received the vaccine. The single most effective way to prevent measles is by getting immunized.

People who have reason to believe they've been exposed should also contact a doctor and self-quarantine if they show symptoms such as rash and fever.