Measles cases growing in IL, other states

Health officials warn we are on track for a more infectious year than usual with cases cropping up from coast to coast. The CDC says most of the 107 infections are reported in unvaccinated people

The health agency says 107 people have come down with measles so far this year. The number is likely to surpass the 118 reported measles cases from 15 states in 2017.

Professionals say more people are visiting the USA from places where there are not requirements to be vaccinated against measles, posing a serious threat to individuals who are not vaccinated or live with a compromised immune system.

More than 1 million people have fled Venezuela's chaos, often carrying disease with them.

In 2015, a large measles outbreak was linked to visitors to Disneyland.

More than 100 people have already been diagnosed with the virus, which is highly contagious.

Missouri and IL require schoolchildren to get their measles vaccines, but they can be exempted for a medical or religious reason. The CDC didn't say how many of those cases were in Kansas. "MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles", the CDC official said. A person can contract measles "just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, up to two hours after that person is gone", the CDC said. People with the disease can remain contagious for up to four days.

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash consisting of flat red spots appears on the hairline and spreads down towards the neck, trunk, arms, legs and feet. MMR vaccine is one of the required school immunizations in Indiana. She said several studies have debunked any connection between the measles vaccination and autism.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus.

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