Utah scrambles to stop measles outbreak

As many as 1,000 citizens in Utah may have been exposed to the measles earlier this month, state epidemiologists revealed this week.

Health officials in the state are scrambling to attempt to contain the measles outbreak, which may have infected hundreds of people at two recent events, reports.

According to the Salt Lake Valley health department, the nine confirmed cases of measles in the state have all been linked to exposure to an unvaccinated person who contracted the disease while in Poland.

Measles is so high contagious, reports, that if one person contracts it, as much as 90 percent of the people he or she interacts with will also become infected if they are not immune.

"Measles is such a contagious virus, once it finds a cluster of people not vaccinated, it can spread quite quickly," the CDC's Dr. Greg Wallace said, reports.

In a bid to stem the outbreak, state health officials have urged anyone who attended either of the two potential problem events to contact the state's Poison Control Center.

A total of 84 measles cases have been reported nationwide this year, reports, which is the most since 2008. That year saw 140 reported cases, with many of those cases traced to an Arizona outbreak started by a Swedish tourist.