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CDC: People from 21 states, including Oklahoma, sickened during measles outbreak

Posted: 1:01 PM, Aug 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-15 18:01:47Z

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 107 people from 21 states have been sickened during a measles outbreak in 2018.

The affected states from Jan. 1 to July 14 include Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

The CDC says the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated. Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the United States, the CDS says.

Symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. They usually appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out.

Children younger than five years old and adults older than 20 years old are most susceptible to complications form measles. 

Officials said for every 1,000 children who get measles, about one or two will die from it.

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