CDC Monitoring Measles Outbreak In Over 20 States, Including New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Posted August 18, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control is monitoring a measles outbreak in 21 states, including Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, - as far east as NY and New Jersey, and as far west as California and OR from as far south as Florida all the way north to Washington.

Previous year there was a total of 118 cases in just 15 states.

The CDC reports that measles often spreads after people who have been traveling return to the US.

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This May, Fresno County had a person with measles symptoms who visited an urgent care center and Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno. Of those, 338 were connected to a single large outbreak.

Symptoms of the measles virus typically occur between seven and 14 days after infection. The CDC didn't say how many of those cases were in Kansas. He said measles is contagious and can even send people to the hospital.

Approximately 3-5 days after the start of symptoms, a reddish rash appears on the face - starting at the forehead, hairline and behind the ears - and spreads to the rest of the trunk and extremities. "One dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective against measles, 78% effective against mumps, and 97% effective against rubella".

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Unvaccinated infants are especially vulnerable to complications of measles, so they are best protected by herd immunity, the CDC advises.

The CDC says there have already been 107 cases reported this year.

Since measles is a viral illness, that means there isn't a cure for the virus itself.

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