Measles outbreak hits 107 people, 21 states

Health officials warn we are on track for a more infectious year than usual with cases cropping up from coast to coast. The CDC says most of the 107 infections are reported in unvaccinated people

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed over 100 cases of measles in the United States so far in 2018, and some of those were in North Carolina.

According to the CDC, in 2017, 118 people from 15 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles.

In fact, the CDC says there have already been 107 cases reported this year. In 2016, 86 people from 19 states had measles. It was the greatest number of measles cases the country had seen since the disease was eliminated in 2000.

To combat the measles outbreak, Brazil launched a campaign this month to vaccinate all children between ages 1 and 5 - regardless of whether they have previously been vaccinated. Analysis by CDC scientists showed that the measles virus type in this outbreak (B3) was identical to the virus type that caused the large measles outbreak in the Philippines in 2014.

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Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from an injected person by coughing, sneezing or even just breathing.

But the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports in mid spring, the state had 22 cases from an outbreak that started after a traveler brought the virus back from Asia.

Symptoms include a mild-to-moderate fever, a cough, runny nose, red eyes and a sore throat.

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