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Boy Scouts Prepare for Measles Ahead of World Scout Jamboree

Officials are concerned about a possible outbreak when 45,000 scouts gather in West Virginia this summer.

As health officials battle measles outbreaks in nearly two dozen states, Boy Scout leaders are making preparations ahead of the World Scout Jamboree this summer.

According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, more than 45,000 scouts and leaders from around the world are expected to flock to Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia from July 22 to August 2. Officials are planning for the possibility that somebody brings measles to the event.

The Gazette-Mail reports officials are encouraging measles vaccinations for anybody who will be attending.

West Virginia has not had a confirmed measles case since 2009, but according to the CDC there are more than 800 confirmed cases in 23 states. Many of the infections were brought back by people traveling abroad. The Boy Scouts say guests are expected from 165 different countries.

Scout leaders say seemingly sick individuals will be examined before event admittance and an outbreak would lead to a quarantine.

The CDC says the current measles outbreak is the worst since 1994. The disease was thought to have been eliminated in the U.S. since 2000.

The Allegheny County Health Department is operating an immunization clinic, located at 425 First Avenue, Fourth Floor, in downtown Pittsburgh. Clinic hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9 AM-4 PM and on Wednesday: 1-8 PM.

You can also talk to your doctor about a vaccine, or click here for more information on the vaccine and where to get it.

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