- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota health officials are hosting a free measles vaccination clinic following an outbreak that began in late December.

The clinic is scheduled for Friday at the community health office in the Davison County North Annex in Mitchell. No appointment is necessary.

Thirteen people have been linked to an outbreak of measles in Mitchell. Nine of those individuals are Mitchell residents and four others live out of state. All individuals had not been unvaccinated and are members of the same extended family.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause permanent brain damage or even death. It’s spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people or, less frequently, by airborne transmission.

Health officials recommend two doses of the measles vaccine.

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