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State public health managers Wednesday declared Utah's measles outbreak over.
Containing the virus cluster cost the state $115,000.
Two Utah County residents first tested positive for the highly contagious disease after a trip to Disneyland in mid-December. The unvaccinated minors exposed hundreds more to the virus after visiting movie theaters, grocery stores and Sunday services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Utah Department of Health leaders confirmed in a news release that nearly 400 Utahns were exposed to the virus in the weeks that followed. One other unvaccinated patient contracted the disease.
In trying to contain the outbreak, local health departments conducted numerous case investigations, assessing patients and reviewing their immunization histories.
Health department staff made more than 1,600 phone calls to 117 individuals who were placed in voluntary, 21-day quarantines, according to a news release. Those people were monitored daily.
The Utah Public Health Laboratory completed 29 laboratory tests and sent two samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In partnership with public health, the Utah Poison Control Center fielded 300 calls from the public.
And the Utah County Health Department provided 586 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunization shots in January and logged more than 600 staff hours to meet demand. The county normally gives 100 MMR vaccinations a month.
In all, 90 public health employees spent 3,000 hours on the outbreak.
Cost estimates do not include indirect costs, including public education, consultation with doctors and any private health care expenses.
While the Utah outbreak is considered over, public health officials will continue to monitor for new cases given the widespread national measles outbreak. The CDC reports 133 measles cases in seven states were linked to the same outbreak.
For information about vaccination, visit http://www.immunize-utah.org/, or call the Utah Department of Health Immunization hotline at 1-800-275-0659, or your local health department.
For more information on the measles outbreak, contact the Bureau of Epidemiology at 801-538-6191.