Measles outbreak hits 107 people, 21 states

Measles outbreak hits 107 people, 21 states

107 cases in 21 states have been reported already this year, including four in MI.

The impacted states are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, along with the District of Colombia. The outbreak likely started from a traveler who became infected overseas with measles, then visited the amusement park while infectious; however, no source was identified.

Measles is one of the leading causes of death for children, according to the World Health Organization, which estimates that 450 die each day worldwide due to the illness.

Measles is considered highly contagious and can be spread through coughs and sneezes. The CDC says more than 100 people are reported to have the virus. Symptoms typically show up 10 to 14 days after exposure.

In all of 2017, for example, 118 people from 15 states and DC had measles.

In 2014, there was a record number of cases, with 667 cases from 27 states, which marked the largest outbreak since the elimination of measles in the US was documented in 2000, the CDC stated. "One dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective against measles, 78% effective against mumps, and 97% effective against rubella".

Doctors said the best way to stay healthy is taking preventative measures like vaccinations, saying that measles is so contagious that all cases, whether it's 20 or 200, are watched closely. It spread mostly through infants too young to be vaccinated at a day care in Johnson County.

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