RALEIGH, NC (WBTV)- Public health officials from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are working with local health departments to investigate an outbreak of measles.
To date, seven cases have been identified in residents of Stokes and Orange Counties, according to a news release from the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
Local public health departments are contacting other people who might have been exposed to these cases and providing vaccine to limit the spread of infection.
"Measles is very uncommon in North Carolina, so many people aren't aware of the symptoms," said Dr. Laura Gerald, State Health Director. "Measles spreads quickly, particularly in children and adults who aren't vaccinated. We want to make the public aware of this outbreak so individuals can take steps to protect themselves and their families."