Measles sickens over 100 people in 21 states, including CT


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring the spread of measles in 21 states, including Florida.

Health officials say more than 100 people from 21 states, including Kansas, have reported contracting the measles this year.

Symptoms develop between six and 19 days after infection, and include a runny nose, cough, sore eyes, a fever and a rash. The total number of cases that year is the highest number since measles elimination was declared in the United States in 2000.

The total number of cases per year in the USA usually hovers around 100, aside from 2014 when an outbreak led to 667 cases.

The following year, a "large, multi-state" outbreak of measles was linked to Disneyland in Anaheim; though a source was never identified, it is believed a traveler who contracted the virus overseas visited the theme park while infectious, according to CDC.

"The best protection against measles is MMR vaccine". 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. He said measles is contagious and can even send people to the hospital. It is recommended that children receive the vaccine in two doses: the first between the ages of 12 months and 15 months and the second between the ages of 4 and 6 years old.

More than 1 million people have fled Venezuela's chaos, often carrying disease with them. "Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected".