Missouri one of 21 states monitoring measles outbreak

Missouri one of 21 states monitoring measles outbreak

Missouri one of 21 states monitoring measles outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring cases of measles in 21 states, including Maryland, after noting an outbreak.

According to CDC, there have already been 107 cases reported this year.

"Measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed", according to the CDC.

Measles is considered highly contagious and can be spread through coughs and sneezes.

Symptoms typically appear 10-14 days after initial exposure and will last 7-10 days. Indiana State Department of Health says Indiana has not had any measles cases related to outbreaks this year but one case was reported this year. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to the CDC.

The CDC says measles are still common in many parts of the world, including certain countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

Past year there was a total of 118 cases in just 15 states.

Measles is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection that can result in hospitalization, pneumonia, encephalitis and death. In 2015, 188 people contracted measles.

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

One way to reduce your measles risk: getting the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Dr. Ann Hennessey, a pediatrician with Mercy Clinic, has encouraged all of her patients to get vaccinated.

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