CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including Maryland and DC

CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including Maryland and DC

CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including Maryland and DC

Health officials across the country are monitoring the spread of measles across 21 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There were only 118 cases of measles in the U.S.in 2017 and 86 in 2016.

A majority of the people who got measles weren't vaccinated. This outbreak was largely confined to a predominantly unvaccinated Amish community in OH, and cases brought in from the Philippines, which was undergoing a large measles outbreak at the same time. It was the greatest number of measles cases the country had seen since the disease was eliminated in 2000.

The measles is airborne, and spreads through coughing and sneezing. In all, 527 people at CRMC were at risk of contracting measles.

In Michigan, four cases have been reported this year. The CDC says measles can be prevented with the MMR vaccine. Three to five days later, a rash breaks out, usually as flat red spots on the face at the hairline. "One dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective against measles, 78% effective against mumps, and 97% effective against rubella".

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

Unvaccinated infants are especially vulnerable to complications of measles, so they are best protected by herd immunity, the CDC advises. She said the measles virus can stay in the air for up to two hours and if you've been exposed to it and haven't been vaccinated, there's a 90 percent chance you'll become infected with it.

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