Health officials continuing to monitor measles outbreak

CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states including Tennessee

The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated, according to the CDC.

"About 3 out of 100 people who get two doses of MMR vaccine will get measles if exposed to the virus", the agency notes.

In 2014, the record for measles diagnoses was set with 667 reports made from 27 states, and 2011 is now in second place with 220 reported cases. In all of 2017, for example, 118 people from 15 states and DC had measles. It is likely that the number of cases in 2018 will be much more than that.

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Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. "One dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective against measles, 78% effective against mumps, and 97% effective against rubella". A person with measles is considered infectious four days before the rash breaks out and four days after the rash. The last outbreak of the disease accounts for 2015: then the doctor asked 188 patients with measles. There were 4,643 reported cases in 2016, according to that agency.

Unvaccinated infants are especially vulnerable to complications of measles, so they are best protected by herd immunity, the CDC advises.

The CDC says measles is still common in many parts of the world and travelers with measles continue to bring the disease to the US. Herd immunity is achieved when at least 95% of the total population of a country gets the recommended two doses of vaccine. Analysis by CDC scientists showed that the measles virus type in this outbreak (B3) was identical to the virus type that caused the large measles outbreak in the Philippines in 2014.

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