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Measles outbreak in Washington prompts new concern in Las Vegas

Measles outbreak warning
Posted at 7:25 AM, Jan 30, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The growing measles outbreak in Washington is raising concerns here in Las Vegas.

The Southern Nevada Health District is sending an urgent message and encouraging all parents to get their kids vaccinated.

We haven't had any cases here but Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Portland are all under close watch by health experts.

Those three states along with others, are called hot spots and those areas are where doctors are seeing a delay or refusal to vaccinate for measles.

The CDC recommends the vaccine when children turn 1 years old.

The problem is children younger than that age could be exposed by people who chose not to vaccinate their children.

The measles are considered to be a contagious virus and it can remain airborne for hours after an infected person has left a place.