Cases of Measles Continue to be Identified in Orange CountyMarch 10, 2014 As of March 10, 2014 six cases of measles have been identified in Orange County since December 2013. While Orange County sees 0-1 cases of measles each year, these cases serve as a reminder that importation of disease as a result of international travel does happen. To protect themselves and their loved ones, and all Orange County residents should make sure they are up-to-date on their measles vaccinations (usually given as MMR). To see if you need measles vaccine, see the CDC recommendations.
Measles is very contagious. It is spread mainly through respiratory droplets from infected people. Infected people are most contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts until 4 days afterwards. Routine measles vaccination of children in the U.S. has made measles a rare disease in the U.S. However, measles is still seen in this country, usually associated with a visitor to the U.S. or a U.S. traveler returning from other countries. Click here to view advisory. More...
February 19, 2014 A bat found on the ground at Fullerton College near the Science Building (bldg. 400) on February 18, 2014 has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity of Fullerton College located in the City of Fullerton is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8am to 5pm or (714) 834-7792 after hours so a nurse can evaluate the risk for rabies.
Certain communicable diseases are required to be reported to the local health department (see List of Reportable Diseases) as per the State of California Code of Regulations. Epidemiology and Assessment (E&A) unit's medical directors, public health nurses, and epidemiologists investigate individual cases and outbreaks of reported communicable diseases. We monitor disease trends, and often provide current statistics and other information to doctors, hospitals, the public and news media. We may also provide education or preventive treatment in some circumstances. Although other units handle reports of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), we do monitor their trends in Orange County.
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