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Dr. Martha Rivera of White Memorial speaks to ABC Channel 7 about the measles outbreak.

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Dr. Martha Rivera of White Memorial speaks to ABC Channel 7 about the measles outbreak.

Public health officials are urging people to check their measles immunization status and get a booster shot if they haven't received two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Even if the patient didn't have a rash, it can still be extremely contagious.

"Four days prior to them breaking out with the rash, they are carrying the virus," said Dr. Martha Rivera, a pediatric infectious disease expert at White Memorial Medical Center. 

Experts say the measles virus can live on surfaces up to two hours, and even people who have been vaccinated can still get infected. That's because not everyone gets both doses.

"It's a 95 percent effective vaccine. It's a very good vaccine, but you need two doses," Dr. Rivera said. "Some of us don't respond to vaccines."


You can read the entire article via ABC Channel 7.