On February 27, 2017, the most recent measles outbreak in Los Angeles County (first announced via LAHAN on December 23, 2016) was declared over. The Interim Health Officer declared an end to the outbreak because at least two 21-day incubation periods (42 days) elapsed from the end of the infectious period of the last known outbreak-related measles case.
The first identified case transmitted the disease to siblings and a friend which led to a total of 24 confirmed cases (18 in LA County and 6 outside the County) presenting from December 15, 2016 until January 11, 2017. Among the 18 LA County cases, none had documentation of vaccination, though three gave a self-reported history of prior measles vaccination. Fortunately, no patients were hospitalized or died.
A total of 2,219 contacts were followed by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and affected health care facilities. A total of 177 contacts lacked any vaccinations against measles; 53 of whom received measles post exposure prophylaxis (IgG or a MMR vaccine).