No Multi-State Measles Outbreak, According to CDC
The Centers for Disease Control advises the public there is no current multi-state measles outbreak. The CDC tweeted some media reports misinterpreted CDC data.
According to the CDC, the number of US reported cases in 2018 is similar to recent years and in expected range.
No cause for alarm, unless you have a high fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, a rash all over your body, and never got the measles vaccine.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the public of a measles outbreak that has spread to 21 states, including Texas.
The other states included are: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington.
According to the CDC, 107 people have contracted the measles thus far in 2018. The majority of them were not vaccinated.
KAMC News reports 2018 is on pace to become one of the worst years for measles since 2014, when 667 contracted the airborne virus. The 2014 outbreak was the greatest number of cases since measles was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000.
The CDC's website reports measles is still common in many parts of the world, including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S.
Symptoms for this disease typically starts with high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Two or three days after the symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out, with small red spots that begin on the face and spread over the entire body. It is extremely contagious.
The CDC said measles can be prevented with the MMR vaccine. Children typically get the vaccine between 12 and 14 months of age. A second dose is usually given between the ages of 4 and 6.
The CDC said the the MMR vaccine is 97 percent effective at preventing measles.