By Jim Shilander

The Orange County Public Health Care Agency has confirmed 22 cases of the measles in the county following an outbreak traced to exposure at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure last month.

The disease is spread very easily through the air, making it able to spread quickly among those not vaccinated. It causes fever, rash, cough and red, watery eyes. Measles is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears.

As a public health measure, Orange County Health Officer Dr. Eric G. Handler, has announced that children who have not received at least one dose of the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine and have been exposed to measles can be excluded from attending school or daycare.

Children should receive their first dose of MMR vaccine at 12-15 months of age and their second dose at 4-6 years of age. If your child has not received the recommended doses, contact your health care provider as soon as possible to arrange for immunization. Those without a health care provider are asked to call the Orange County Health Care Agency Health Referral Line at 800.564.8448. If someone believes their child has measles, they are asked to call their health care provider and notify Orange County Public Health Epidemiology at 714.834.8180.

For more information visit www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/epi/disease/measles.

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