CDC Monitoring Measles Outbreak In Maryland, 20 Other States

CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states including Tennessee

CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states including Tennessee

According to the CDC, there have already been 107 measles cases reported this year.

The CDC says the majority of people who got measles were not vaccinated.

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.

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It was 86 in 2016 and 188 cases were reported in 2015. It spread mostly through infants too young to be vaccinated at a day care in Johnson County.

But that is no longer the case, which is why the state is urging people to stay up-to-date on the recommended vaccines. Symptoms typically show up 10 to 14 days after exposure.

Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing.

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Health officials warn we are on track for a more infectious year than usual, with cases cropping up from coast to coast. A rash follows three to five days after the initial symptoms. After some time, small red bumps may appear on the flat spots and the fever may spike to 104 degrees.

How can you avoid getting measles? Numerous cases in the U.S.in 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak. Two doses are about 97% effective.

However, children who are under a year old, those with weakened immune systems, and those who never received the vaccine are still at risk for developing measles. Vaccination is the best prevention for preventing the spread of measles.

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