CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including OR and Washington

Phillip Cunningham
August 18, 2018

The CDC is keeping its eye on a measles outbreak that covers at least 21 states, including Indiana.

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

Most of the people who got measles had not been vaccinated, the CDC said.

The total number of cases per year in the USA usually hovers around 100, aside from 2014 when an outbreak led to 667 cases.

There were 118 cases in 2017, and only 86 the year before that.

Measles are spread by the coughs or sneezes of an infected person.

But that is no longer the case, which is why the state is urging people to stay up-to-date on the recommended vaccines. The symptoms are then followed by a rash that appears on a person's face and then spreads downward to the neck, arms, legs and feet.

The live measles vaccine was developed in 1963; in 2000, the disease was declared eliminated from the United States.

According to the CDC, some people may suffer from severe complications, such as pneumonia and brain swelling which could result in hospitalization or death. In all, 527 people at CRMC were at risk of contracting measles. These patients also may have similar symptoms to those who are suffering from measles: fevers, a cough, and a variable rash that can take on many different appearances.

How can you avoid getting measles?

"Two doses of MMR vaccine are 97% effective against measles and 88% effective against mumps", the CDC says. She said several studies have debunked any connection between the measles vaccination and autism.

Anna Chacon is a dermatologist and part of the ABC News medical unit.

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