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Possible measles case investigated in Sacramento

Some 68 cases of the measles have been reported in 11 states since the outbreak was reported at the Disney theme park in Anaheim, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Health officials said the majority of the victims hadn’t received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, and the outbreak has created criticism of those parents who have chosen not to have their children vaccinated.
Some 68 cases of the measles have been reported in 11 states since the outbreak was reported at the Disney theme park in Anaheim, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Health officials said the majority of the victims hadn’t received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, and the outbreak has created criticism of those parents who have chosen not to have their children vaccinated. Associated Press file

Sacramento County officials said Sunday they are investigating a possible case of measles, the first potential case in the region since a significant outbreak linked to Disneyland was reported in December.

The suspected case surfaced at a Sutter Medical Group pediatric clinic in Elk Grove.

Laura McCasland, a spokeswoman for the county Department of Health and Human Services, said tests are being performed on an individual and results are expected Monday afternoon.

She stressed that the case is still yet to be confirmed.

“There are no confirmed measles cases in Sacramento County,” McCasland said. “There is one suspected, possible case. Tests are being done.”

She had no additional information on the case. But Sutter spokesman Gary Zavoral said the potential victim is a child who was brought into Sutter’s pediatric site on Laguna Boulevard complaining of a fever Jan 14.

Test results came back a week later and indicated that the case was possibly measles, Zavoral said. Sutter officials contacted county health officials, and additional tests were conducted. Sutter then notified individuals who were at the clinic when the child was first brought in.

“We decided we would notify anybody who was in the lobby at the time,” he added. “Exposure was minimal.”

Some 68 cases of the measles have been reported in 11 states since the outbreak was reported at the Disney theme park in Anaheim, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Health officials said the majority of the victims hadn’t received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, and the outbreak has created criticism of those parents who have chosen not to have their children vaccinated.

The CDC describes measles as a “highly contagious, acute viral illness” that can result in pneumonia, encephalitis and even death.

Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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