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First case of measles in more than five years confirmed in SF

The first case of measles in San Francisco since 2013 was confirmed Tuesday by the Department of Public Health.

A health advisory was sent out to doctors, clinics, and nurses alerting them that an adult in The City has been diagnosed with measles after being exposed to the virus on an international flight, and to be on the lookout for any other patients exhibiting similar symptoms.

Despite recent flare ups in Washington and California, measles is no longer common in the United States.

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However, measles remains a critical issue for many countries overseas. Nations which still grapple with measles epidemics include, the Philippines, Indonesia, Israel, Ukraine, Romania, Brazil and much of Western Europe, according to a statement by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Immunization prior to any international travel is the most effective preventive strategy, with a success rate of 97 percent, according to health officials.

However, officials said there is no cause for concern, as the patient is currently receiving care and being monitored.

“There is no risk to the public, and this is standard public health practice to inform providers in the community so they can be alert,” said Rachael Kagan, director of communications for the health department.
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