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New Measles Case Confirmed in San Diego County

This brings the number of confirmed measles cases in the county to three

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    Another case of measles has been confirmed in San Diego County, county health officials confirmed to NBC 7 Tuesday.

    Officials say the case is linked to the outbreak at Disneyland resort last month. This brings the number of confirmed measles cases in San Diego County to three.

    There was concern two siblings who contracted measles at Disney could have spread the disease to shoppers at Plaza Parkway Mall in El Cajon on Dec. 29. However, officials say the new patient did not catch the disease from the siblings.

    Unlike the siblings, this latest patient did not expose the public to measles. The patient was not hospitalized and is currently doing well, according to health officials who could not release further details.

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    Thousands of people were exposed to the contagious disease at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure between Dec. 17 and Dec. 20, 2014. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a red rash that usually first appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    On Monday, the California Department of Public Health said 26 people in four states have been linked to the Disneyland outbreak. There are 22 cases in California, not counting the latest case in San Diego. County health officials expect the total number of California cases to grow as counties continue to confirm instances of the disease.

    Last year, there were more than 600 measles cases in the United States, the highest on record in almost two decades. Some doctors are blaming the anti-vaccine movement.