CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states

CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states

CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring a measles outbreak in 21 states.

There have already been 107 cases reported this year; the majority were diagnosed in people who were not vaccinated, CDC reports.

The symptoms of measles usually show up 10 to 14 days after exposure. Health services have collapsed in the neighbouring country amid economic and political turmoil, and Venezuelan officials have been dealing with a measles outbreak since previous year.

The U.S. had a record year for measles in 2014, with 667 cases reported to the CDC.

The CDC reports that measles often spreads after people who have been traveling return to the US.

The other states included Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and the District of Columbia.

In 2017 alone, there were 118 reported cases of measles. A red or reddish-brown rash also appears, first on the face at the hairline and spreading down to the entire body.

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

The was the highest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S.in the year 2000, thanks to a highly effective vaccination program.

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

"The best protection against measles is MMR vaccine".

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