UPDATE:  Georgia health officials say a family of five is the likely source of a measles outbreak in a metro Atlanta county that has sickened 11 people.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said Monday the family’s cases appear to have originated during travel out of the state. Two other families in Cobb County have been affected, and all 11 people were either not vaccinated or did not have a clear vaccination status.

Health officials say they are continuing to notify people who may have been exposed and could face an increased risk of contracting the virus.

Measles is highly contagious. The U.S. has experienced a resurgence of the illness that’s fueled by outbreaks in unvaccinated communities.


PREVIOUS STORY: A measles outbreak in Georgia is prompting officials there to issue a health warning.

The latest case is a student at Mabry Middle School in Cobb County.

The sudden measles outbreak this year is so serious across the state, that health officials are telling non-vaccinated children at the school to stay home for at least the next two weeks.

The student came down with measles in late October, and health officials are concerned that the student might have infected classmates with measles.

There have been eight known measles cases, so far, in Georgia in 2019, and all of the patients had not had a measles vaccination.

That's twice as many cases of measles in Georgia this year alone, as in all of the past 10 years combined.