The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is no multi-state outbreak in the country currently, responding to several media accounts that there was a national outbreak.
“There is NO current multi-state
#measles outbreak in US, the tweet notes.
“Some recent media reports misinterpreted CDC data. Number of US-reported cases in 2018 is similar to recent years & in expected range”.
So far in 2018, 107 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 21 states and the District of Colombia.
This compares with recent years–In 2017, 118 people from 15 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. In 2016, 86 people from 19 states were reported to have measles.
This year has seen eight local outbreaks of measles of three or more cases.
“Measles is still common in many parts of the world. Protect your family w/
#MMR vaccine”, CDC says.
In 2015, a large, multi-state measles outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.
Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It can be prevented with MMR vaccine. The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.
The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.
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