CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states

Faith Castro
August 16, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says its monitoring measles outbreaks in 21 states, including MI and Indiana.

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

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

In 2014, the USA experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC.

The CDC reports that the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.

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Two of the cases were reported in children under the age of one in New Haven county.

There were three reported cases of the measles in CT this year. 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.

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 USA was documented in 2000, the CDC stated. The symptoms are then followed by a rash that appears on a person's face and then spreads downward to the neck, arms, legs and feet.

Some people may suffer more severe complications: ear infections, pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain which occasionally develops 5-10 years later), these unfortunately may result in prolonged hospitalization or even death. In 2015, 188 people contracted measles. People with the disease can remain contagious for up to four days.

"Two doses of MMR vaccine are 97% effective against measles and 88% effective against mumps", the CDC says. Vaccination is now the only effective way to prevent measles.

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