In new developments in the nation’s surge of measles cases, Los Angeles County health officials announced they are investigating an outbreak, and New York City authorities said an outbreak centered in the Orthodox Jewish community under way since last fall has reached 390 cases, including infections in two pregnant women.

Five LA County cases

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) said in a news release that it has received a number of measles reports in residents, including a local outbreak of four confirmed cases linked to each other after international travel and a single case after international travel.

Country officials said the five cases are the first measles cases confirmed among LA County residents and the first cases of transmission within the county in 2019. They added that the cases aren’t related to four earlier cases in people who traveled through LA County earlier this year and that most of the patients were unvaccinated.

“We will likely see additional measles cases in Los Angeles County, so it is important if you or someone you know has the symptoms of measles or has been exposed to measles to contact your healthcare provider by phone right away before seeking treatment,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, LA County health officer.

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