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Source: everydayhealth.com/By Nancie George
Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily between people who are not vaccinated.
In December 2014, visitors to Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure in Anaheim were exposed to measles, also known as rubeola. One of the most infectious diseases in humans, the airborne illness spread to 102 people across 14 states between Jan. 1 and Jan. 30, 2015.
Once an “eliminated” disease, measles is making a comeback due in part to declining vaccination rates. Health officials continue to recommend that children, unless immunocompromised, get vaccinated, and that adults check with their doctor if they’re unsure about whether they are vaccinated for measles.
People who haven’t been vaccinated are at great risk of contracting measles. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of non-immunized people will become infected with the disease. Early measles symptomsinclude high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.
Healthcare professionals, parents, and members of the community are concerned about the current measles outbreak as the number of cases continues to grow.
You can follow all the latest news about the 2015 measles outbreak with continuous coverage from Everyday Heath, MedPage Today, and What to Expect.
Difference between Measles and Flu.