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CDC Reports Measles Outbreaks in New York
NEW YORK -- The number of measles outbreaks is on the rise. California is reporting the highest numbers, with 58 cases, but at least 29 have been traced to New York.
"Measles is on the rise, this isn't something that's unusual though. We get waves of measles outbreaks every decade or so," says Capital Care Dr. Jim Saperstone."The problem is not seeing a lot of cases, but recognizing it early," adds Dr. Saperstone.
Measles may start with a runny nose, dry cough, sometimes even a fever, but the signature mark is a splotchy red rash.
129 people have been affected so far this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the outbreak has now reached 13 states, and the number of cases has reached the most in the first four months of any year since 1996.
"There's a doubling of the number of cases of measles, and it looks like that's going to be more significant over the course of the next couple of months," says Dr. Saperstone.
Doctors say part of the reason there's a sudden outbreak is because of the growing number of parents refusing to vaccinate their children, and because of traveling abroad, or people coming to the U.S. from overseas.
"The vaccine is very effective. You get the first dose at one year, and you get the second dose at five years of age. If you have both doses, it is 99% effective," says Dr. Saperstone.
The CDC says many of the reported cases are a result of people visiting the Philippines, which is currently experiencing a very large measles outbreak.
The CDC also says the last time there was a reported death from the measles in the U.S. was in 2005.