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Measles Outbreak Measles is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by rubeola virus that is transmitted by contact with mucus or air born droplets (“Measles”, 2015). Because of the mode of transmission, it is very contagious. Even more concerning is that people are contagious even before symptoms begin (“Stanhope”, 2006). The symptoms are similar to many other viruses like the flu to include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, and blood shot eyes. Two identifying factors are a body rash and white spots on the inside of the mouth (“Stanhope”, 2006). On August 24, 2013 refugees from Malaysia traveled into the United States. Among these people was a teenage refugee who was reported to have the measles on August 26th. Los Angeles is a major airport that brought many of the other passengers on that original flight to other states within America. After the investigation three other people from the plane were identified as having contracted the measles, and one customs officer from Los Angeles International Airport (“Measles Travels”, 2013). The first was in Maryland on September 1st which involved two positive cases, both were infant refugees from Malaysia. The second reported was on September 4th in North Carolina, which was a teenage refugee from Malaysia (“Notes”, 2011).
Another article published by the Center for Disease Control the following year reported two more cases. The first on September 9th was a United Stated born infant traveling on the same flight back to her home in Los Angeles. The second was also reported on the 9th of September and was a toddler from Indonesia traveling to visit family in Los Angeles (“Measles Travels”, 2012). With the data collected there were a total of six people including the original source who had become infected with measles. The investigation of the passengers on the flight lead the investigation in several…...

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