Orange County sees big surge in measles cases

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Updated: 3/26/2014 10:28 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Orange County is seeing a huge surge in measles, with more than twice the cases of any other California county.

The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday that the 21 confirmed cases dwarfs the 10 reported in Los Angeles County, and they drove county health officials to hold an emergency meeting this week. Orange County had just seven cases two weeks ago.

County health spokeswoman Nicole Stanfield tells the Orange County Register of the 10 most recent cases, seven were unvaccinated adults and two were unvaccinated children, and she urged county residents to make sure they're vaccinated.

In a typical year, Orange County sees zero or one cases, and had four at this time last year.

Symptoms typically begin with a fever followed by a cough, runny nose and watery eyes.

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