Measles in Orange County

CHOC Children’s Hospital has seen one confirmed measles case involving an unvaccinated child.

Measles symptoms generally occur seven to 14 days after exposure and may resemble a cold (fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes). A rash usually develops on the skin two to four days after the initial symptoms. People with measles may be contagious four days before the rash appears and for four days after the rash first appears.

If you suspect your child may have the measles, call your pediatrician first. Your doctor will advise next steps, including where to seek care.

Vaccination is the best protection against the disease. Individuals who are not up-to-date on their vaccines are encouraged to see their healthcare providers. Anyone with questions should call the Orange County Health Care Agency at 714-834-8180.

Learn more about measles and its prevention in this Q & A with CHOC pediatric experts.