CDC: Measles Outbreak Reported In OK, 20 Other States

Wednesday, August 15th 2018, 2:45 pm
By: News 9

Approximately 107 people from 21 states were reported to have measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The cases have been reported from Jan. 1 to July 14 by people from Oklahoma, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington and the District of Columbia.

In 2017, 118 people from 15 states and the District of Columbia reportedly had the measles. The record number measles cases was 2014 when 667 cases were reported in 27 states. This was the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000, the CDC said.

  • The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.
  • Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.
  • Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S.
  • Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated.

Measles symptoms typically begins about seven to 14 days after a person has been infected. Early symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

Two to three days after the initial symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash will break out. 

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades, according to the CDC.

To learn more about the measles, click here