CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including Oregon


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that in 2018, 107 D.C. residents and people from multiple US states have had the virus as of July 14.

In Michigan, four cases have been reported this year.

The U.S. had a record year for measles in 2014, with 667 cases reported to the CDC. If it reaches a community where people were also not vaccinated, the disease can spread. CDC recommends children get two doses of the MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.

The total number of cases per year in the USA usually hovers around 100, aside from 2014 when an outbreak led to 667 cases. Travelers with measles are capable of bringing it into the U.S. Numerous cases in the 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak.

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Measles is an airborne virus that spreads through coughing and sneezing.

The CDC says symptoms generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected and can begin with a high fever, cough runny nose and red, watery eyes. Vaccination is now the only effective way to prevent measles. He said measles is contagious and can even send people to the hospital. MMR vaccine is one of the required school immunizations in Indiana.

"Atypical" measles may rarely develop in people who have partial immunity, which occurs when a person's immune response to a vaccine is enough to prevent severe infection or mortality, but not enough to protect them from becoming ill. The CDC didn't say how many of those cases were in Kansas.