More than 100 people and residents of nearly two dozen states have contracted measles so far this year, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday.
Doctors say a failure to get a measles vaccination could mean serious health issues.More news: Priyanka Chopra flashes ring, set to host engagement party
Symptoms develop between six and 19 days after infection, and include a runny nose, cough, sore eyes, a fever and a rash.
This year is on track to become one of the worst years for measles in the last decade. The number is likely to surpass the 118 reported measles cases from 15 states in 2017.
While rare, measles is still common in many countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa, is sometimes carried into the U.S.by travelers, and can spread quickly in communities where people are not vaccinated.More news: Taliban attack on military outpost in Afghanistan kills 44 police and soldiers
States included in the report are Arkansas, California, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kansas, Illinois, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.
Approximately 3-5 days after the start of symptoms, a reddish rash appears on the face - starting at the forehead, hairline and behind the ears - and spreads to the rest of the trunk and extremities.
Measles is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection that can result in hospitalization, pneumonia, encephalitis and death.More news: Champions League title not vital for Man City success -De Bruyne
Your child can still get measles in the U.S. The Monroe County Health Department said it was alerted to a case of measles back in January. The CDC says two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.