A warning about Measles! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of measles cases here in the United States has reached a twenty year high.
"The current increase in measles cases is being driven by unvaccinated people, primarily U.S. residents, who got measles in other countries, brought the virus back to the United States and spread to others in communities where many people are not vaccinated," says Dr. Anne Schuchat with the CDC's National center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases.
"Many of the clusters in the U.S. began following travel to the Philippines where a large outbreak has been occurring since October 2013," says Schuchat.
The CDC is urging you to make sure you and your family are up to date with vaccinations. Patients who have fever and rash along with cough, runny nose or pink eye should see a doctor, especially if the patient is unvaccinated and has recently traveled internationally or was exposed to someone who has measles or recently traveled.
Measles is a serious respiratory disease and is highly contagious. The CDC says vaccination is the best way to prevent measles.