Collin County Sees Its First Measles Case of the Year

Henrietta Strickland
March 14, 2019

Measles was once almost eradicated in the United States, but the emergence of the "anti-vaxxer" movement may be allowing the highly contagious disease to stage a comeback, experts say.

A case of measles has been confirmed in New Hampshire, bringing the number of states that have reported cases this year to 12. Outbreaks have been particularly severe in Washington and NY states. The agency updates the number of measles cases weekly. The outbreak includes patients in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Georgia who became infected in Washington. That outbreak, in observant Jewish neighborhoods, is also affecting communities in Rockland and Orange counties.

The sick person in New Hampshire reportedly contracted measles while traveling overseas, as the CDC says is often the case. It typically involves symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough and a body rash, but severe complications can include pneumonia, brain swelling and death.

The disease was eliminated in the 2000 but is common in many other countries, which is how the current outbreaks started.

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