Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

CDC studying measles outbreak in NC, other states

CDC studying measles outbreak in NC, other states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that 107 people from 21 states, including states bordering Virginia, have reported contracting the measles.

In 2017, 118 cases were reported.

The CDC reports that measles often spreads after people who have been traveling return to the US. Yet one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the CDC.

The Florida Department of Health said Monday it is investigating a case of measles in an unvaccinated child in Pinellas County.

The last major outbreak, in 2015, developed when 188 people contracted measles at an amusement park in California, where an overseas traveler was implicated.

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Measles is usually passed through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms show up in 10 to 14 days after exposure.

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. The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella.

"The best protection against measles is MMR vaccine". The CDC says two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.

He was not surprised though to hear about a measles outbreak because they are seeing rising rates of people not vaccinating their child. He said measles is contagious and can even send people to the hospital.

Doctors say a failure to get a measles vaccination could mean serious health issues.

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