No slowdown in the spread of measles in the U-S, according to new numbers from the Atlanta based, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Thomas Clark, CDC says they have had 839 cases reported so far this year. The 75 cases represent a higher bump than the last two weeks, when about 60 additional cases were reported each week. There have been no new cases in Georgia, according to the state health department. Georgia has had a total of six cases in two different families.
66 of the 75 new cases nationwide were in New York. Of those, 41 were reported by New York City, and 25 were reported by Rockland County. These areas are home to the Orthodox Jewish communities that have been reporting an increasing number of cases since October.
Outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring, the CDC said.
The reality is that if the spread of measles continues, it's very likely there will be a measles related death in the U-S. "No child should die from measles with a safe and effective vaccine to prevent it," says Thomas.
The symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected. Measles typically begins with high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis). Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.
If you think you have measles call the doctor before going to doctor's office or hospital. Measles is very contagious for people who have not been vaccinated.