Did you know there have been 364 cases of measles reported in the United States from January 1 through May 30 this year?
Measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, although it is still commonly found in other countries. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of cases and outbreaks in the U.S. International travel and under-immunization can contribute to these cases.
Symptoms of measles include cough, runny nose, red eyes and high fever. After 4 days, a raised, red rash appears and may start on the face, spreading downward to the neck, trunk, and extremities. The rash usually lasts 4-7 days. Once a person is exposed to measles, symptoms can begin 7 to 21 days later. A person infected with measles is contagious from 4 days before to 4 days after the rash begins.
Complications of measles can include ear infection, diarrhea, pneumonia, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), and death.
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine helps protect individuals from contracting these diseases. It is generally given at 12-15 months and 4-6 years of age.
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