Utah's measles outbreak continues to spread.
Ross Martin, spokesman for the Utah Health Department, said that as of Thursday, 95 cases had been confirmed statewide. He refused to update the figure because, according to Martin, the outbreak is so big that it's too hard to compile the figures more than once a week.This is largest in the country, Martin said.
So far, no new measles cases resulted from an exposure at Brigham Young University's basketball camp from June 3-7, he added. "But Washington County added 11 new cases in the past week."
Everyone born after 1957 should make sure they have been immunized with at least two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Those born more than 39 years ago probably are immune because they were exposed during the measles epidemics that swept through the country periodically, back before the vaccine was available.
State law requires that all infants must be immunized at 12 to 15 months and receive a second dose when entering school. The Salt Lake City-County Health Department requires a second dose for teens who haven't yet received theirs. The department offers vaccinations for $3 but will waive the charge if the patient is unable to pay.