CDC: Texas one of several states to report measles case

CDC: Texas one of several states to report measles case

In 2014, the US experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC.

Those who are not vaccinated but are exposed to measles should avoid public places, like school and work, for up to 21 days.

Measles is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Cruise ship passengers may come down with measles until as late as August 27 because of the virus' seven- to 21-day incubation period.

KAMC News reports 2018 is on pace to become one of the worst years for measles since 2014, when 667 contracted the airborne virus.

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Measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, meaning the disease was no longer regularly found in the country.

The disease is still common in parts of Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

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. The total number of cases that year is the highest number since measles elimination was declared in the USA in 2000. Early symptoms appear after seven to 14 days and include a high fever, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Without treatment, symptoms typically disappear within two or three weeks, but one or two out of every 1,000 children will die from complications. Complications can arise, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death.

"We continue to encourage parents to fully vaccinate their children", said DOH-Pinellas Director Dr. Ulyee Choe, an infectious disease specialist. 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. A recent outbreak of measles has some doctors encouraging vaccination as the best way to prevent measles and its spread.

The measles vaccine - known as the MMR or measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - is very effective.

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