CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring the spread of measles in 21 states, including Maryland and D.C. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.

Past year there was a total of 118 cases in just 15 states. It is likely that the number of cases in 2018 will be much more than that.

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Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the USA where groups of people are unvaccinated.

Missouri and IL require schoolchildren to get their measles vaccines, but they can be exempted for a medical or religious reason.

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"Two doses of MMR vaccine are 97% effective against measles and 88% effective against mumps", the CDC says. But it's still common in various parts of the world, including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa, says the CDC, which adds that travelers continue to bring the illness here. In the summertime, many families in the Santa Clarita Valley travel to locations throughout the globe and should be cautious of the many diseases still prevalent there.

This year, California has had 18 confirmed measles cases through August 15. The number of reported cases that year was 188.

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Measles is considered highly contagious and can be spread through coughs and sneezes. Three to five days later, a rash breaks out, usually as flat red spots on the face at the hairline. The rash has a particular name: "morbilliform", meaning "measles-like", and begins as flat red spots or bumps which come together in large reddish areas.

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