Missouri one of 21 states monitoring measles outbreak

Missouri one of 21 states monitoring measles outbreak

Missouri one of 21 states monitoring measles outbreak

"The 107 cases reported to CDC have been since January 2018 across 21 states, but they are not one unified outbreak".

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

Dr. Justin Yancey, a Pediatric Hospitalist at St. Bernards said that the measles virus was nearly completely eradicated in the US, but has made a comeback in recent years.

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 of the measles virus typically occur between seven and 14 days after infection. 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.

Measles is a highly contagious, acute respiratory illness spread by air droplets.

It causes fever, dry coughs, sore throats, and a skin rash. Children with measles must be kept out out school to limit the spread of the virus.

The incidences of measles has dropped dramatically since the introduction of a live vaccine in 1963, the CDC said. 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. She said several studies have debunked any connection between the measles vaccination and autism. 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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