CDC watching spread of measles in Tennessee and 20 other states

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ATLANTA, Ga. (NEXSTAR) – There were 107 reported cases of measles in 21 states, including Tennessee, in the first half of 2018, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports.

Cases have been reported in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

If the rate of infection continues, 2018 is on track to become one of the worst years for measles in the last decade. 

Last year, there were 118 cases reported from 15 states and Washington, D.C. 

In 2014 there were a record number of cases reported, with 667 cases. This was the worst year on record since measles was documented as “eliminated” in the U.S. in 2000.

The CDC reports the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated. Travelers continue to bring it to the U.S., as measles is still common in some countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Many of the outbreaks in 2014 were found to be associated with cases from the Philippines, which experienced a large-scale measles outbreak. 

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through coughing and sneezing. The symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Adults and children are advised to get the Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. 

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