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Connecticut officials confirm first measles case for 2019

January 28, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Public health officials say they’ve confirmed the first case of measles in Connecticut this year.

The Department of Public Health announced Monday that an unidentified New Haven County adult has the highly contagious disease, which can spread quickly among unvaccinated people. The agency says it’s working with “local partners to identify contacts and implement appropriate control measures.”

Three cases of measles were confirmed in Connecticut during 2018.

State Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino says there are ongoing measles outbreaks in New York and the Pacific Northwest. He says “the single best way to protect yourself and your children from measles” is to be vaccinated. He says most Connecticut residents have been vaccinated, but it’s still important for people to know their vaccination status and to check with their physician.

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