More than 100 people from 21 states have contracted measles in a nationwide outbreak, the CDC has announced.
From January 1 to July 14, 2018, 107 people had measles.
There were 118 reported measles cases in all of 2017 and only 86 the year before that.
The CDC says the majority of people who got measles were not vaccinated.
Two of the cases were reported in children under the age of one in New Haven county. It was the greatest number of measles cases the country had seen since the disease was eliminated in 2000.
2015: The United States experienced a large, multi-state measles outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. It can remain in the air for up to two hours after an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include a mild-to-moderate fever, a cough, runny nose, red eyes and a sore throat. Numerous cases in the U.S.in 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak. Measles is designated as notifiable at the national level under the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, meaning all cases must be reported to the CDC. MMR vaccine is one of the required school immunizations in Indiana. "I know several months ago there was a scare of somebody had been at the Magic House maybe had exposure to the measles and so this is out there and, like I said, the thing that's so bad about it is that it has a very high attack rate and you can be contagious for five days before you even know you're sick", Dr. Hennessey said. "MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles", the CDC official said.
"Atypical" measles may rarely develop in people who have partial immunity, which occurs when a person's immune response to a vaccine is enough to prevent severe infection or mortality, but not enough to protect them from becoming ill.
Dr. Michael McKenna with St. Vincent Medical Group urged all parents to get their child vaccinated.