The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday afternoon that 107 people from 21 states, including North Carolina, have reported contracting the measles.
This number will likely outpace the number of measles cases reported in 2017. The majority of those cases were in people who were not vaccinated.
Last year, there were 118 measles cases in 15 states and Washington, D.C. The last outbreak happened in 2015 when 188 people were infected. 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.
"Missouri is one of the states where there have been cases of measles".
Symptoms include a mild-to-moderate fever, a cough, runny nose, red eyes and a sore throat.
In 2014, there was a record number of cases, with 667 cases from 27 states, which marked the largest outbreak since the elimination of measles in the US was documented in 2000, the CDC stated.
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Measles is highly contagious and is spread through coughing and sneezing.
One way to reduce your measles risk: getting the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The CDC didn't say how many of those cases were in Kansas. Two doses are about 97% effective.
Your child can still get measles in the U.S.
Some people who contract the disease can develop severe complications such as pneumonia and brain swelling that can lead to death.
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