Bay Area Counties Issue Measles Advisory

The Association of Bay Area Health Officers (ABAHO) is urging the public to get up-to-date on measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations following a rise in measles cases.

ABAHO is comprised of health officers from the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma and the City of Berkeley.

“With three major airports, the Bay Area is a hub for international travel, increasing the potential for exposure to this highly contagious virus," ABAHO said in a statement Tuesday. "For people or families who plan to travel internationally, anyone not vaccinated against measles is at increased risk of getting infected."

Measles cases are up both locally and nationally. There were 97 confirmed cases in the U.S. and seven outbreaks as of March 28. Last year, there were only four outbreaks and 58 cases. California has seen at least five cases this year, most of which are linked to international travel. Most U.S. cases have been among infants under one year of age who have not received the MMR vaccine. 

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