First Case of Measles Reported in Virginia

April 22, 2009

The Virginia Department of Health says a Prince William County resident has measles. It's the state's first confirmed case of the virus this year.

Wednesday's announcement comes as health officials across the Washington, DC region investigate five other cases of the highly contagious disease.

Measles usually causes a red skin rash. Measles is sometimes fatal. The highly infectious virus is generally uncommon in the United States because of high childhood vaccination rates.

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