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Published on November 21, 2016. Last modified on January 27, 2020

Measles, also called rubeola, is a highly contagious disease caused by the measles virus. The measles virus grows in the cells that line the back of the throat and lungs. Before a vaccine was available, almost everyone was infected with the measles virus during childhood. Vaccination for measles in the United States began in 1963, which dramatically reduced measles disease in the United States. However, measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. Each year around the world, measles infects about 20 million people and kills about 164,000 people; 100,000 of these deaths are children.

As of June 1st, there have been no measles cases diagnosed among Monterey County residents in 2019.  However, international travelers are encouraged to make sure they are immune prior to visiting areas where measles is common.

Measles Outbreaks - updated 06/01/2019

For information on the current outbreak of measles in Washington State, please visit the Washington State Department of Health's website.

For more information about the recent exposures to measles in Santa Clara County, please visit the Santa Clara County Department of Health's website.

Measles is a concern for several popular travel destinations.  Countries with current measles travel notices include: England, Italy, France, Greece, Romania, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine, Israel, Kazakhstan, Columbia, Brazil, Congo, Madagascar, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan.

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