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Measles remains a common disease in other parts of the world including areas in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Before the measles vaccine was licensed in 1963, disease was much more common in the United States. In 2000, measles was considered no longer endemic in the United States but importation of measles cases still occurs. The vaccine has been very effective in preventing disease; however, to sustain the elimination of measles and protect the health of the public a vaccination rate of 95% must be maintained. In 2013, the United States experienced a spike in imported measles cases which has raised ongoing concern.

Measles Alert Poster for Clinicians (CDPH) 'Fever and Rash? .... Consider Measles' – includes symptoms and infection control

Reporting Criteria

  1. Immediately report any suspect case of measles to Contra Costa Public Health Communicable Disease Programs by phone at 925-313-6740.
  2. Alert Contra Costa County Public Health Laboratory to the submittal of specimens. The Public Health Laboratory can be reached at 925-370-5775.

Additional Resources

Physicians who need to report a suspected public health emergency should contact the Public Health division immediately at 925-313-6740; or after hours, call the sheriff's dispatch at 925-646-2441 and ask for the Health Officer On Call.

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