Health officials across the country are monitoring the spread of measles across 21 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "CDC works with local and state health departments throughout the year on any number of infectious diseases, including measles cases", a CDC press officer told ABC News.
107 people were reported to have measles from January 1 to July 14.
Symptoms develop between six and 19 days after infection, and include a runny nose, cough, sore eyes, a fever and a rash. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to the CDC. It is likely that the number of cases in 2018 will be much more than that. The CDC says two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.
In 2014, the US experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC.
The CDC believes that measles comes in from countries where Americans frequently travel, such as England, France, Germany, India, the Philippines and Vietnam.
He was not surprised though to hear about a measles outbreak because they are seeing rising rates of people not vaccinating their child. In all of 2017, there were 118 cases in 15 states. There were 4,643 reported cases in 2016, according to that agency. Health services have collapsed in the neighbouring country amid economic and political turmoil, and Venezuelan officials have been dealing with a measles outbreak since previous year.