CDC reports measles outbreaks in Indiana, Michigan

CDC reports measles outbreaks in Indiana, Michigan

CDC reports measles outbreaks in Indiana, Michigan

Health officials across the country are monitoring the spread of measles across 21 states, including California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "CDC works with local and state health departments throughout the year on any number of infectious diseases, including measles cases", a CDC press officer told ABC News.

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

Symptoms develop between six and 19 days after infection, and include a runny nose, cough, sore eyes, a fever and a rash.

"The best protection against measles is MMR vaccine".


According to the CDC, in 2017, 118 people from 15 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. "One dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective against measles, 78% effective against mumps, and 97% effective against rubella". Numerous cases in the U.S.in 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak. It spread mostly through infants too young to be vaccinated at a day care in Johnson County.

"It is either going to prevent the disease if you get it or its going to make it so it is exceptionally mild so you might not even know you really have it", Dr. McKenna said.

The 107 infections this year have been reported in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

Measles is still common in other countries across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.

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