Measles outbreak hits 107 people, 21 states

Health officials warn we are on track for a more infectious year than usual with cases cropping up from coast to coast. The CDC says most of the 107 infections are reported in unvaccinated people

The CDC is reporting over 100 people were reported to have measles in 21 states, including CT.

A total of 107 people from 21 states have been affected, and it's projected that this year's total will be greater than the number of cases reported in 2017, the CDC said.

The CDC says a majority of those cases were diagnosed in people who were not vaccinated.

2018 is on track to become one of the worst years for measles in the last decade. Analysis by CDC scientists showed that the measles virus type in this outbreak (B3) was identical to the virus type that caused the large measles outbreak in the Philippines in 2014.




The Florida Department of Health said Monday it is investigating a case of measles in an unvaccinated child in Pinellas County. The total number of cases that year is the highest number since measles elimination was declared in the United States in 2000.

Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. The CDC didn't say how many of those cases were in Kansas.

Measles symptoms include typical cold symptoms such as muscle pain, fever, runny nose, and sore throat coupled with a red blotchy skin rash. Two doses are about 97% effective.

Dr. Ann Hennessey, a pediatrician with Mercy Clinic, has encouraged all of her patients to get vaccinated. People with the disease can remain contagious for up to four days.

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