CDC: 102 measles cases in January, most stemming from Disney outbreak

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(CNN) -- Health officials say 102 people in 14 states were reported to have measles in January, most of them stemming from "a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak linked to" Disneyland in California in mid-December.

The report comes a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory to provide guidance for the nation's health care facilities and public health departments

The disease outbreak became apparent when visitors reported coming down with measles after visiting the park from December 15 to December 20.

Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, which means it is no longer native to the United States but continues to be brought in by international travelers.

Since 2001, the number of cases has topped 100 only five times, and there were more than 200 cases in 2011, the CDC says.

However, last year, the number spiked to 644 cases, the agency reported.

Measles is a highly communicable respiratory disease caused by a virus and spread through the air. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, the CDC says.

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  • bobby57

    Health officials say 102 people in 14 states were reported to have measles in January, MOST of them stemming from “a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak linked to” Disneyland in California in mid-December. What is the total population of those 14 states? I am thinking well into the millions? And we now have a LARGE ONGOING MULTI-STATE OUTBREAK??? In spite of the fact that it is a highly communicable respiratory disease caused by a virus and spread through the air, we have a whopping 102 cases spread over 14 states not all of which were contracted by people who were at Disney. Is it the mission of the CDC and these other health officials to spread fear and panic nationwide because 102 people contracted the measles some of which were at Disney during that week in December?? I wonder how many thousands of people visited Disney between December 15-20, 2014? I’d say it’s really a pretty low amount of people with the measels when you consider total population of these 14 states and population of the entire United States.

    • barton

      Dude this virus was killed off completely in the U.S this is why they are letting us know its back,sure 100 odd cases is not really an outbreak but when something is gone and it returns it is big news

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