CDC Monitoring Measles Outbreak In 21 States

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring cases of measles in 21 states, including Maryland, after noting an outbreak. CDC recommends children get two doses of the MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.

More than 100 people and residents of nearly two dozen states have contracted measles so far this year, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday.

Symptoms typically appear 10-14 days after initial exposure and will last 7-10 days.

2014: The U.S. experienced 23 measles outbreaks in 2014, including one large outbreak of 383 cases, occurring primarily among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio. It was the greatest number of measles cases the country had seen since the disease was eliminated in 2000.

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

In Michigan, four cases have been reported this year.

Most of the people who got measles had not been vaccinated, the CDC said. "However, they are more likely to have a milder illness, and are also less likely to spread the disease to other people". In 2015, 188 people contracted measles.

Health officials are continuing to monitor a measles outbreak impacting 21 states, including MI.

Dr. Michael McKenna with St. Vincent Medical Group urged all parents to get their child vaccinated.

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.

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