Measles Outbreak Hits More Than 100 People in 21 States, Including Indiana

Measles Outbreak Hits More Than 100 People in 21 States, Including Indiana

Measles Outbreak Hits More Than 100 People in 21 States, Including Indiana

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring a measles outbreak in 21 states.

The health agency says 107 people have come down with measles so far 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. If it reaches a community where people were also not vaccinated, the disease can spread.

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Health officials warn we are on track for a more infectious year than usual, with cases cropping up from coast to coast.

The measles is airborne, and spreads through coughing and sneezing. In 2016, 86 people from 19 states had measles. In all of 2017, for example, 118 people from 15 states and DC had measles.

However, children who are under a year old, those with weakened immune systems, and those who never received the vaccine are still at risk for developing measles. "Two doses of MMR vaccine is highly effective in preventing measles and is the best way to protect against disease". Cases can be contagious a few days before the rash appears, which increases the possibility of unknowingly exposing others. A rash follows three to five days after the initial symptoms. MMR vaccine is one of the required school immunizations in Indiana. Vaccination is now the only effective way to prevent measles. Analysis by CDC scientists showed that the measles virus type in this outbreak (B3) was identical to the virus type that caused the large measles outbreak in the Philippines in 2014.

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