CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including New York State


Someone who gets the measles will typically begin showing symptoms that appear similar to a cold or flu, including a fever, cough, and runny nose. In 2016, 86 people from 19 states had measles.

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 it into the USA, where it can spread when it reaches a community where groups of people are unvaccinated.

There were 118 cases of measles in all of 2017, and we are on pace to surpass that this year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday that from January 1 to July 14, 107 people had contracted the disease.

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The states included are: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, and Washington D.C.

A few days after that, a rash starts to develop on the face near the hair line, before spreading down. The source of the infection was never identified. A recent outbreak of measles has some doctors encouraging vaccination as the best way to prevent measles and its spread. On the other hand, one out of every 1,000 children infected with measles develops encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or intellectually disabled.

Pregnant women, who are infected by measles, can give birth to a premature child or a low-birth-weight baby.

"We continue to encourage parents to fully vaccinate their children", said DOH-Pinellas Director Dr. Ulyee Choe, an infectious disease specialist. The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of those confirmed cases were reported locally.