Measles cases are rising in the Philly region. Here’s what you need to know

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A string of measles cases in the Delaware Valley has local pediatricians and public health experts on high alert.

An outbreak in Philadelphia dating back to mid-December grew to nine cases this week, and a so-far unrelated single case of measles was confirmed in Camden County, New Jersey., this month.

The spread of the highly contagious, airborne virus is the most dangerous for people who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, young infants and seniors.

Health experts say people who’ve received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at some point in their lives can feel confident that they are protected against infection.

But providers say it’s good for everyone to be aware and cautious, and people who are not immunized against the virus can take steps to protect themselves and others if they become ill.

  • January 19, 2024
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