Measles Outbreak Hits 107 People, In 21 States Which Includes NC

Measles Outbreak Hits 107 People, In 21 States Which Includes NC

Measles Outbreak Hits 107 People, In 21 States Which Includes NC

In all of 2017, there were 118 cases in 15 states.

The CDC says measles is still common in many parts of the world and travelers with measles continue to bring the disease to the US. Symptoms typically show up 10 to 14 days after exposure. Of those, 338 were connected to a single large outbreak.

Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. The total number of cases that year is the highest number since measles elimination was declared in the United States in 2000. 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.

Measles is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection that can result in hospitalization, pneumonia, encephalitis and death.

It causes fever, dry coughs, sore throats, and a skin rash.

How can you avoid getting measles?

However, outbreaks occur both in developed & underdeveloped countries, often because of unfounded fears and delays in vaccination.

What is the treatment for measles? It is likely that the number of cases in 2018 will be much more than that.

To combat the measles outbreak, Brazil launched a campaign this month to vaccinate all children between ages 1 and 5 - regardless of whether they have previously been vaccinated.

The measles vaccine - known as the MMR or measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - is very effective.

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