The Centers for Disease Control is monitoring a measles outbreak in 21 states, including Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, - as far east as NY and New Jersey, and as far west as California and OR from as far south as Florida all the way north to Washington.
Indiana State Department of Health says Indiana has not had any measles cases related to outbreaks this year but one case was reported this year.
According to the CDC, most who contracted measles were not vaccinated. For example, according to who, in 2011, died of measles 158 thousand people, a lot of them were children under the age of 5 years. Of those, 338 were connected to a single large outbreak.
Measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, meaning the disease was no longer regularly found in the country.
Symptoms show up in 10-14 days after exposure.
"Measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed", according to the CDC.
In 2017, 118 people from 15 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. A red or reddish-brown rash also appears, first on the face at the hairline and spreading down to the entire body.
It causes fever, dry coughs, sore throats, and a skin rash.
One way to reduce your measles risk: getting the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
The measles are spreading in IL and other states in 2018. Numerous cases in the U.S.in 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak. She said several studies have debunked any connection between the measles vaccination and autism.
"The best protection against measles is MMR vaccine".