San Diego County Reports 5 Measles Cases, Bringing Total To 11

Five more children in San Diego County have tested positive for measles, bringing the total to 11 in a monthlong outbreak that has spread to schools, supermarkets and perhaps a jetliner.

County officials announced results of the latest tests on Friday. One of the new cases is an 8-year-old child, who may have exposed others at supermarkets in Hillcrest and while attending a Cirque du Soleil performance in Del Mar last month.

Authorities said none of those who contracted the illness had been vaccinated.

San Diego County is having its first measles outbreak in 17 years. It began with a 7-year-old who apparently was infected during a vacation in Switzerland last month.

Meanwhile, officials have been trying to contact some 250 passengers who may have been exposed to an infected child aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight that left Lindbergh Field on Feb. 9. People at the boarding gate also may have been exposed.

Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,

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