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Measles Cases on the Rise

According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, "more measles cases have been reported in the united states in the first 2 months of 2014 than during the same months each year since measles was eliminated in 2000."
According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, "more measles cases have been reported in the united states in the first 2 months of 2014 than during the same months each year since measles was eliminated in 2000." 

The disease is popping up across the country, mostly in New York City and California, but that doesn't mean it's restricted to those areas. 

Authorities say the main cause is travel and people not taking precautions. 

Like other viruses, measles can spread through the air.  So anyone who has it and sneezes, or coughs can pass it on. It's so contagious that those who are not immune and are exposed will more than likely develop a case quickly.  So what should we know about measles? Here are a few answers courtesy of the CDC.

Q:  How to prevent measles?  Get vaccinated. Adults who can't remember if they were vaccinated as a child should be vaccinated again. Infants 6 months through 11 months old should have one dose of measles vaccine. Little ones in the U.S. usually receive a measles vaccine at 12 to 15 months of age.  Infants who were vaccinated before 12 months should be revaccinated around their first birthday with 2 doses, a least 28 days apart. 

Q:  How can you tell if you have measles?  Look for a rash that usually begins on the trunk and spreads  all over your body.  A good case of measles can include fever, runny nose, cough , and watery eyes. Measles can cause serious illness, even death.

Q:  I do a lot of traveling, should i be cautious?  Yes. If you travel, definitely make sure you are vaccinated.  Measles is still a common disease in europe, asia, africa and the pacific region. 

According to the CDC, so far this year,  there have been more us travelers returning from the Philippines with measles than any other destination.  So be cautious and reduce the chances of bringing an unwanted bug back to the U.S.

(Carl Azuz for CNN's Health Minute)

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