Back in 2017, the United States had a high number of measles cases. Reports came in that 118 people had gotten measles. Doctors fear that the number would rise since this was a clear sign of a measles outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had to keep a close eye on this dilemma. 21 states were under its watchful eye in the hope of keeping the measles cases from increasing. These 21 states were the ones that had the previous 118 measles cases.
For those who are unaware, measles is caused by a contagious virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles symptoms include fever, runny nose, sore throat, and red eyes. Afterward, a rash spreads all over the infected person’s skin.
When a person has measles, it can go away on its own after one or two weeks, even without treatment. But, it doesn’t make it less dangerous.
According to CNN, one or two out of 1,000 children die from measles every year. They die from the complications that come with having the measles virus in their system.
The biggest outbreak is in Texas. Doctors in this state urged parents to vaccinate their children with measles shots. Measles is contagious, but these vaccinations lessen the chances of contracting the virus. Children as young as five-years-old are at high risk of getting measles.
Some parents do refuse to vaccinate their kids for many reasons. There are even parents who think that vaccinations cause autism in their children. This is a myth, and yet some parents still won’t listen. Doctors only want the kids to receive their measles shot. Getting immunization would’ve kept the kids safe from the measles outbreak.