Measles Found in Metropolitan Area

measlesThe Associated Press reports that five measles cases in the Washington area has prompted public health officials from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia yesterday to start an awareness campaign to urge people to protect themselves from the potentially deadly disease.

Since measles has been nearly eradicated in the United States, health officials are concerned about the multiple outbreaks in so short a time. It is a highly infectious virus that spreads through contact with an infected person sneezing or coughing.

So far, four of the cases are in Montgomery County and one case is in the District. Interestingly, the D.C. case is not related to the other four.

There is also a related article about this in today’s Post.

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