Missouri one of 21 states monitoring measles outbreak

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

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More than 100 people from 21 states have contracted measles in a nationwide outbreak, the CDC has announced.

According to the CDC, 107 people in 21 states had the measles between January 1, 2018 and July 14, 2018.

In 2017 alone, there were 118 reported cases of measles.

Measles is common in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa, officials say, and travelers with measles can spread the disease to people in the USA who have not been vaccinated.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from an injected person by coughing, sneezing or even just breathing. 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.

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Health officials are continuing to monitor a measles outbreak impacting 21 states, including MI.

Officials linked the outbreak to an amusement park in California, where it is thought that a traveler from overseas brought it to the U.S. Some symptoms are a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that typically starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus.

He was not surprised though to hear about a measles outbreak because they are seeing rising rates of people not vaccinating their child.

"The best protection against measles is MMR vaccine". Vaccination is now the only effective way to prevent measles. The CDC didn't say how many of those cases were in Kansas.

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