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NORFOLK -- Northern Virginia health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed recently to the measles.

The Loudoun and Fairfax County Health Departments are informing people who were at various locations between April 23 and May 1.

Click here for a list of the dates, times and locations of the potential exposure sites.

Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of an infected individual.

Dr. Randal Fisher, Director of Infectious Diseases at CHKD, says while the measles is a manageable virus, children feel miserable for an average of six days.

He says most doctors wouldn't recognize measles because it hasn't been around since the 60s. Fisher says symptoms are high fever, bloodshot and watery eyes, and a rash all over the body that resembles a drug reaction.

Measles is easily preventable through the MMR vaccine. The best protection against future measles cases is the on-time vaccination of all susceptible persons.

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