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Ventura County confirms first case of measles

It’s official. Ventura County Public Health officials confirmed the county’s first measles case on Wednesday.

Health officials say both the Ventura resident that contracted measles, and an earlier Santa Barbara County case, have both recovered without needed hospitalization. They say both measles cases have something in common…the patients got the virus from the outbreak in Los Angeles county.

Both cases are unrelated. Officials say the Santa Barbara County patient did not spread measles in Ventura County. Anyone close to the Ventura County patient that could have been exposed to the virus is being quarantined.

14 documented cases of measles related to the L.A. outbreak are now confirmed with the latest being this Ventura County case.

“We are making our best effort to contain this measles outbreak so that we can prevent any further cases in our county,” said Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura County Public Health Officer. “I urge anyone who has not been immunized against measles to get vaccinated. Measles is both a serious and highly contagious disease.”

The Ventura County Public Health Department is continuing to actively seek other persons that could have been potentially exposed to this Ventura County measles case.

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