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Report: San Diego among most at-risk counties in the US for measles outbreak

Posted at 2:33 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 17:34:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego is among 25 counties throughout the nation at risk for a measles outbreak, according to a new report.

According to the University of Texas, a paper published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases warns that the epidemic will worsen.

The analysis considered a county’s volume of international travel from foreign countries as well as non-medical exemptions for children.

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“We have long known that vaccine avoidance is a critical public health issue in the U.S. and Europe. Our results show how travel from regions elsewhere compounds this risk,” said the study’s lead author, Sahotra Sarkar.

Sarkar’s team accurately predicted major outbreaks in areas of Washington, Oregon and New York.

Cook County, Illinois, Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County and Queens County, New York are among the most at-risk areas for an outbreak in the US, the report says.

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See the map below for other counties at risk: