California Among 21 States Being Monitored by CDC for Measles Outbreak

Henrietta Brewer
August 16, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports on its website that from January 1 to July 14, 107 people have were reported to have measles. 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. "CDC works with local and state health departments throughout the year on any number of infectious diseases, including measles cases", a CDC press officer told ABC News. Symptoms typically show up 10 to 14 days after exposure.

A total of 107 people from 21 states have been affected, and it's projected that this year's total will be greater than the number of cases reported in 2017, the CDC said.

Measles is common in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa, officials say, and travelers with measles can spread the disease to people in the US who have not been vaccinated. A majority of the people who got measles weren't vaccinated. It is likely that the number of cases in 2018 will be much more than that. The symptoms are then followed by a rash that appears on a person's face and then spreads downward to the neck, arms, legs and feet.

Doctors say a failure to get a measles vaccination could mean serious health issues. MMR vaccine is one of the required school immunizations in Indiana. In 2015, 188 people contracted measles. The CDC says two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.

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