In 2017, 118 people had reported cases of measles in the United States. This year, however, doctors say that number will be even higher.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is keeping a close eye on the outbreak in 21 states — Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington — and the District of Columbia.
According to CNN, more than 100 cases of measles have been diagnosed this year: “Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks. Yet one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the CDC.”
Initial symptoms of measles are followed by a red rash that typically spreads to other parts of the body.
The worst outbreak is happening in Texas, but doctors say all parents of young children across the country should be extra cautious, especially since the school year is about to begin.
Measles is extremely contagious; individuals who are not vaccinated are at the highest risk of contracting the virus.
Should pneumonia occur as a result of measles, the condition can be fatal.
Vaccination remains a hot button issue throughout the US, but doctors are urging parents to help take control over the situation as soon as possible.
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Source : Littlethings