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June 5, 1967

Measles Epidemic Control in Mason County, Kentucky, 1965 to 1966

Author Affiliations

From the National Communicable Disease Center, Bureau of Disease Prevention and Environmental Control, Public Health Service, Atlanta (Drs. Nader, Calafiore, and Warren); and the Mason County Health Department, Maysville, Ky (Mr. Sills).

JAMA. 1967;200(10):811-814. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120230063006

Immunization of kindergarten and first and second grade students in Mason County, Kentucky, aborted a measles epidemic and precluded epidemic spread when measles was repeatedly reintroduced into this county. The failure of measles to spread among unimmunized preschool children illustrates that susceptible children who congregate at schools, kindergartens, or other places are essential for epidemic transmission of the disease.