LOS ANGELES — The west coast county is not immune to the measles outbreaks.
The county health department says there have been 8 confirmed measles cases among LA Country residents this year, and 5 of those cases linked to an international traveler.
2 more were infected during international travel, and 6 more non-resident cases traveled throughout the county.
Almost all of the cases involved unvaccinated people.
The health department declined to give further details on where the infected travelers originated from.
“The chances of someone in LA County being exposed to measles is increased at this time. There are widespread outbreaks both in the United States and internationally. We have locally acquired cases,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer. “We’re likely to see more cases in LA county and the best way for folks to protect their own health, the health of their family, their friends and neighbors is to get the measles immunization.”
With measles finding its way through international travel in one of the country’s most diverse regions, the health department is reaching out to communities in multiple languages.
“Importante malaman ng mga pilipino, hindi lang Pilipino pero lahat ng Tao sa LA County na ng Yari to. Pero siguro na rining sa Balita na Meron outbreak ng measles sa Philippines so importante malaman ng Tao,” said public health officer Cristin Mondy.
“Ang kailangan lang namin malaman lahat ng Tao yung bacuna ang pinkang effictivong paraan Para maka iwas sa measles.
The health department says insurance and immigration status should not prevent anyone from getting vaccinated.
“Lahat ng Tao pumupunta kinakausap ng health department yung information mo hindi binibigay sa ibang government agency. Importante sa Amin privacy nyo. Ang gusto naminGawin is Pag babacunan kayo kaya either tumawag kayo ssa doktor o kung wala kayong insurance mag babakunan kayo sa mga public health clinic tumawag sa 211 o sa public health website.”
The health department operates 13 clinics in Los Angeles County. Information can be found on its website, at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.