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California Measles Outbreak Is the Worst in Two Decades

4/1/2014

Reported by: Good Morning America
April 1, 2014

(The following is a transcript from Good Morning America regarding a measles outbreak in California.)

California Measles Outbreak Is the Worst in Two Decades

Doctors say the main cause is that more parents choose not to have children vaccinated.

Anchor: We turn now to a health emergency that's hitting both coasts. A measles outbreak in Orange county, California, officials are saying that the outbreak is the worst that they've seen in two decades and the main reason is that more and more parents are choosing not to get their kids vaccinated. ABC's Abbie Boudreau has the story.

Reporter: Steve and Victoria are part of a small but growing minority. Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children calling it a personal choice. We told them no vaccinations right off the bat.

Reporter: The couple and their 2-year-old twin daughters live in Orange county, California, where there are 21 confirmed cases of measles so far this year. That's more than the number of total cases just four for all of California this time last year. And this year authorities already confirmed 49 measles cases throughout the state and in 14 of those, the patients were intentionally not vaccinated.

This is a preventable disease. If children get it, it's serious. Reporter: California is one of several states that allows parents to turn down vaks nations for personal beliefs.

Fewer people that are vaccinated, the more likely the disease will spread. Reporter: To read and see the full report, click here.











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