Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
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CDC: More than 100 measles cases reported this year in 21 states

CDC: More than 100 measles cases reported this year in 21 states

More than 100 people in 21 states, including Pennsylvania, were reported to have measles this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Travelers can bring measles into the country, where it can spread among people who are not vaccinated.

Measles is vaccine-preventable illness that's spread through a contagious person's sneezing and coughing.

Cruise ship passengers may come down with measles until as late as August 27 because of the virus' seven- to 21-day incubation period. The U.S. experienced a record number of cases in 2014, with 667 reports across 27 states - the greatest number of cases since the documented elimination of the disease in the U.S.in 2000, the CDC said.

Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. A blotchy rash follows in three to five days that spreads from the head to the feet.

"We are continuing to investigate, but we would like families to know that their children could be exposed to diseases like measles anywhere and unless they're protected with vaccination they are risking potentially serious health effects for their child", Dr. Ulyee Choe, an infectious disease specialist and the county's health director, said in a statement Monday.


Numerous 2014 cases in the United States were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak. Yet one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the CDC.

The infection can result in hospitalization, pneumonia, encephalitis and even death.

Officials urged parents to vaccinate their children.

The CDC said the the MMR vaccine is 97 percent effective at preventing measles. The first dose of the vaccine is administered at 12 through 15 months of age, while the second dose is taken at four through six years of age.

Most of the 107 people reported to have contracted the disease in 2018, were unvaccinated.

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