Measles outbreak hits more than 100 people in 21 states, including Indiana

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that in 2018, 107 D.C. residents and people from multiple USA states have had the virus as of July 14. Yet one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the CDC.

According to the CDC, 107 people in 21 states had the measles between January 1, 2018 and July 14, 2018.

Symptoms include a mild-to-moderate fever, a cough, runny nose, red eyes and a sore throat.

The total number of cases per year in the United States usually hovers around 100, aside from 2014 when an outbreak led to 667 cases. In all of 2017, there were 118 cases in 15 states.

In addition to IN, the other states being monitored are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, and Washington D.C. The total number of cases that year is the highest number since measles elimination was declared in the USA in 2000. The CDC didn't say how many of those cases were in Kansas. There were 4,643 reported cases in 2016, according to that agency. It spread mostly through infants too young to be vaccinated at a day care in Johnson County.

Measles is still common in other countries across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Indiana State Department of Health says Indiana has not had any measles cases related to outbreaks this year but one case was reported this year. Numerous cases in the 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak.