CDC Is Monitoring a Measles Outbreak in 21 States

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

The CDC says the majority of people who got measles were not vaccinated.

The other states included are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, and Washington D.C. Health services have collapsed in the neighbouring country amid economic and political turmoil, and Venezuelan officials have been dealing with a measles outbreak since a year ago.

There were 118 cases in all of 2017. The CDC says measles can be prevented with the MMR vaccine.

Symptoms typically appear 10-14 days after initial exposure and will last 7-10 days.

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The Florida Department of Health said Monday it is investigating a case of measles in an unvaccinated child in Pinellas County.

Measles is an airborne virus that spreads through coughing and sneezing. Two doses are about 97% effective.

Doctors said the best way to stay healthy is taking preventative measures like vaccinations, saying that measles is so contagious that all cases, whether it's 20 or 200, are watched closely.

Some people who contract the disease can develop severe complications such as pneumonia and brain swelling that can lead to death.

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

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