measles

A vial of MMR vaccine
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The Georgia Department of Public Health says a recent measles outbreak has been contained without any secondary infections.

Eleven people became sick from the measles last month in Cobb County, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. This was the largest outbreak of measles in the state since the disease had been declared eradicated in 2000.


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The state health department said Monday that the recent outbreak of measles in Cobb County traces back to one family who contracted the disease earlier this fall.

"Five previously unreported cases of measles in one family in Cobb County occurred in early October," the Georgia Department of Public Health said in a statement.

Officials believe the measles cases are connected to out-of-state travel. All family members are out of the infectious stage, but two more cases of measles have been confirmed.

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Three members of a Cobb County family, at least two of whom were unvaccinated, have come down with measles after a middle school student was diagnosed, health officials said Friday.

Testing of a possible fourth case yielded negative results, the Georgia Department of Public Health said.

These individuals may have exposed other people to measles between Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 13. The third person's vaccine history is unclear.

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A Cobb County middle school student who had not been vaccinated against measles may have spread the disease to others between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6, 2019, the Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed on Saturday.

Parents of students at Mabry Middle School were notified via email by the Cobb and Douglas Public Health Department about the possible exposure. Students who have not been vaccinated are asked not to return to school until Nov. 25, the letter said.

So far this year, Georgia has had eight cases of measles, which is the most the state has seen in a decade. One case of measles was reported in 2015, and, before that, Georgia had not seen measles since 2012.

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As health officials across the country continue to fight a growing measles outbreak, Clayton County is among the places that the disease might spread quickest.

That's according to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancent Infectious Diseases

The study lists Clayton County among the 25 U.S. counties with the highest risk of an outbreak.

Mother Wenyi Zhang holds 1-year-old Abel Zhang moments after he received a vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), at the International Community Health Services Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Seattle.
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The Georgia Department of Public Health on Thursday confirmed three new cases of measles in the state.

In January, three cases of measles were confirmed in the Atlanta area, bringing the total for 2019 to six cases and two families, DPH spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said.

This comes as the nation is experiencing its highest rates of measles cases since the disease was eliminated from the United States in 2000.

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Three people have been diagnosed with measles in the Atlanta area.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said Tuesday all three people are part of the same family.