Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

Measles outbreak hits 107 people, 21 states

Measles outbreak hits 107 people, 21 states

Both Missouri and IL are among the 21 states that the CDC is monitoring for a measles outbreak.

Indiana State Department of Health says Indiana has not had any measles cases related to outbreaks this year but one case was reported this year.

The majority of the individuals who were infected were unvaccinated, said the CDC, which urges everyone to get inoculated as soon as possible.

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There were 118 reported measles cases in all of 2017 and only 86 the year before that.

Between January and April of this year, the most-recent Ottawa County records available, no measles cases have been seen, but four mumps cases were documented.

Most of the people who contract measles were not vaccinated, the CDC stated. Symptoms typically show up 10 to 14 days after exposure.

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Symptoms include a mild-to-moderate fever, a cough, runny nose, red eyes and a sore throat. The total number of cases that year is the highest number since measles elimination was declared in the United States in 2000. A rash follows three to five days after the initial symptoms. The rash has a particular name: "morbilliform", meaning "measles-like", and begins as flat red spots or bumps which come together in large reddish areas.

How can you avoid getting measles? "MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles", the CDC official said.

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

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