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Measles Outbreak Highest in Years

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1-measles-outbreak-highest-in-yearsThe CDC has announced that the Measles outbreak is the highest it’s been in years. 

Be aware because according to the CDC, the cases of Measles in the U.S. have never been higher, in 20 years actually. The confirmed case count for 2014, as of the end of May, was 288 and is still growing. The nationwide total is around 764 cases. That number includes 166 cases as of Thursday from Ohio, where there is the biggest outbreak. Almost all the cases where of people that had not be vaccinated. This virus is highly contagious so read on to learn what you and your family can do to stay healthy. 


What are the Symptoms of Measles? 

According to sources, Measles is hardly seen that doctors may not always recognize the symptoms. But pay close attention in case you see any of these symptoms with yourself or someone you love:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny Noes
  • Red Eyes
  • Sore Throat
  • Rash that appears after a few days

The virus is very contagious and spreads through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing.

More on the Measles Outbreak 

The cases of Measles are the highest it’s been since 1994. Sources say that the best defense against the virus is to get vaccinated and this should be a wakeup call for all those who haven’t gotten vaccinated. In Ohio, all the reported cases have been from those in Amish communities and while the number of those people who got vaccinated were low, they are all lined up to get vaccinated now. If you or someone you love experiences any of these symptoms, see your doctor right away but beat Measles to the punch and get your vaccination! 

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