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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, along with Tri-County Health Department and Denver Public Heath, are warning of possible exposure to an individual with measles from Dec. 21 to 29, 2016, who was at a wide variety of locations in the Denver-Boulder area. Measles is a respiratory illness that can be spread by coughing and sneezing. It can be very dangerous for infants who are too young to be vaccinated, people with weakened immune systems and those who have not been immunized. Serious complications can occur,including pneumonia and swelling of the brain.
The individual with measles was an unvaccinated adult who traveled internationally. Though measles cases are unusual in the U.S., many foreign countries continue to have large numbers of measles cases. According to Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of CDPHE, “It is important to make sure you are protected against measles, especially when traveling outside the U.S. Vaccination is the only effective preventive measure against measles. Children as young as 6 months old can receive a vaccination for protection, and adults should make sure they are protected too.”
A complete list of times and locations of possible exposure is included in the news release....