CDC Monitoring Measles Outbreak In Maryland, 20 Other States

CDC Monitoring Measles Outbreak In Maryland, 20 Other States

CDC Monitoring Measles Outbreak In Maryland, 20 Other States

Both Missouri and IL are among the 21 states that the CDC is monitoring for a measles outbreak.

More than 100 people and residents of nearly two dozen states have contracted measles so far this year, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday.

In 2014, the USA experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC.

The CDC said measles cases in 2018 could outpace 2017, when there were 118 cases in the U.S.

It was 86 in 2016 and 188 cases were reported in 2015.

Most of the people who contract measles were not vaccinated, the CDC stated.

But that is no longer the case, which is why the state is urging people to stay up-to-date on the recommended vaccines.

Measles typically begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

Measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, meaning the disease was no longer regularly found in the country. Three to five days later, a rash breaks out, usually as flat red spots on the face at the hairline.

According to the CDC, some people may suffer from severe complications, such as pneumonia and brain swelling which could result in hospitalization or death.

Missouri and IL require schoolchildren to get their measles vaccines, but they can be exempted for a medical or religious reason. In all, 527 people at CRMC were at risk of contracting measles.

However, outbreaks occur both in developed & underdeveloped countries, often because of unfounded fears and delays in vaccination. "Two doses of MMR vaccine is highly effective in preventing measles and is the best way to protect against disease".

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