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San Diego Doctors On High Alert For Measles

A growing number of measles outbreaks across the U.S., including in California, has San Diego County health officials on high alert.

“It just takes one person to bring the measles back to our community and then we have to deal with potential spread here,” said Mark Sawyer, M.D., infectious disease specialist with Rady Children’s Hospital and UC San Diego.

Measles is one of the world’s most contagious diseases. According to the World Health Organization, a single cough or sneeze from an infected person can spread the virus to everyone around them who is not vaccinated or who has never had the measles. The virus can remain active in the air for as long as two hours.