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Fairfax (VA) County Health Officials Keep an Eye on Measles, Whooping Cough


Washington Post
By Kali Schumitz, Published: September 14

Certain diseases from which most people are vaccinated for are beginning to make a comeback in some parts of the country, leaving health officials watchful.   “We, in the big picture, are seeing a resurgence of some of the vaccine-preventative diseases,” said Peter Troell, a medical epidemiologist with the Fairfax County Health Department. Measles and pertussis, or whooping cough, are the most prevalent, he said.

Although Fairfax County has not had a documented case of measles for about a decade, cases have occurred in which someone who was working, traveling through or seeking medical treatment within the county has exposed residents to measles, Troell said.

About a dozen measles cases have been reported in the region since 2008, he said.   To read more about the story go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/fairfax-county-health-officials-keep-an-eye-on-measles-whooping-cough/2011/09/12/gIQA9KHoRK_story.html

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