CDC Monitoring Spread of Measles After 107 Cases Reported in 21 States, Including Pennsylvania

Health officials across the country are monitoring the spread of measles across 21 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials across the country are monitoring the spread of measles across 21 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to CDC, there have already been 107 cases reported this year. The majority of those cases were in people who were not vaccinated.

Credit: CDC

Measles is an airborne virus that spreads through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms typically show up 10-14 days after exposure.

2018 is on track to become one of the worst years for measles in the last decade. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to the CDC.

The CDC says measles are still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa, so travelers with measles can bring it into the U.S.

Here’s a list of the states being monitored for a measles outbreak:

Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, and Washington D.C.

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    • chalkonthewall

      Your idea of sealing borders so we don’t have to have vaccines is very short sighted. If we were to have an effective border sealing to prevent disease transmission it wouldn’t just mean we keep immigrants out. If this is not what you were driving at I apologize but the sentiment is still plainly wrong. I will take a moment to point out what it would mean to us as a country and to you as an individual to seal the borders against disease.

      To close the borders enough to keep disease out we would have to shoot anyone who crosses. and burn the bodies. We would have to ban any citizen from leaving the country or exile them forever. No vacations to Canada or Mexico or Europe. Nowhere. All business travel would be blocked. All commodities shipments internationally would have to be stopped or sterilized at such great expense it would make international trade be infeasible. To close the borders enough to keep disease out we would have to sacrifice our political relevance in the world. Our military troops would be forever exiled. We would be in economic isolationism so profound that it would exceed the times that china and japan closed their borders in the 15th and 17th centuries. The quality of life for the Citizens of the US would drop drastically as we currently import most of our consumer goods and disease can lurk on products waiting to infect people.

      Anything short of this would open the US to disease vectors. Likely, we would just develop our own decease anyways. Just have to fight that off. the Improperly named Spanish flu most likely came from Kansas and that killed an estimated 100 million only a century ago. Isolationism to fight disease is a losing game. But you know what works? Vaccination. We drove smallpox extinct. We drove a virus extinct. With vaccination. So what is better forever changing the lifestyle of the country of the United States in an effort to halt disease in a method that has not been shown to work? or a vaccination program which has been shown to work? Vaccination worked so well against smallpox that we don’t vaccinate for it anymore. It is one of the most feared diseases to have existed and we killed it all. I will take every FDA approved vaccination that they will give me with approval from my doctor. Thank you very much.

      Now I understand that disease can be a scary thing I am terrified of plague. When voting for president I think “If a plague were to break out would they keep bodies from stacking in the streets?” this isn’t a bad metric. In 1918 Woodrow Wilson failed this test specifically in Philadelphia. In fact many people blame the government lead, lack of a response to the Spanish flu epidemic as a factor that made it worse than it had to be. I say this because it is understandable to want simple solutions. People in 1918 beat those who spit in public in fear they were spreading the disease. Saying close the borders is a simple solution like beating those who spit in public. To have said an thought this dosn’t make you bad or stupid. It just showcases that you might have not thought this through as thoroughly as it deserves. I implore you to do so. Don’t let emotion and fear rule your reason. Thanks.

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