CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including Oregon

Frederick Owens
August 16, 2018

Health officials across the country are monitoring the spread of measles across 21 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She said the measles virus can stay in the air for up to two hours and if you've been exposed to it and haven't been vaccinated, there's a 90 percent chance you'll become infected with it.

Both Missouri and IL are among the 21 states that the CDC is monitoring for a measles outbreak. Symptoms typically show up 10 to 14 days after exposure.

According to the CDC, 107 people contracted the disease from January 1 to July 14 of this year.

According to the CDC, in 2017, 118 people from 15 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles.

Measles is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection that can result in hospitalization, pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Measles is designated as notifiable at the national level under the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, meaning all cases must be reported to the CDC.

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2014: The U.S. experienced 23 measles outbreaks in 2014, including one large outbreak of 383 cases, occurring primarily among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio.

One way to reduce your measles risk: getting the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. In 2015, 188 people contracted measles.

"It is either going to prevent the disease if you get it or its going to make it so it is exceptionally mild so you might not even know you really have it", Dr. McKenna said.

The CDC says the measles virus is "highly contagious" and can be spread to others by coughing or sneezing.

States included in the report are Arkansas, California, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kansas, Illinois, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

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