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Measles in the USA

The measles outbreak in the US continues to spread throughout the nation. According to the Washington Post(WP), individuals infected with measles now number 121! A significant number of the 121 were traced to an measles outbreak at an amusement park in Southern California. The CDC announced on Monday that cases of the highly contagious virus have been confirmed in Arizona(7 cases), California(88 cases), Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Texas, Washington, and the District of Columbia. 
It is interesting to note that measles was close to being eradicated in the 1980's. This was attributed to the wide spread immunization. Ironically the WP reports "that the resurgence of measles is mostly caused by the growing number of people who are declining to vaccinate their children for personal reasons, or delaying the vaccinations."

Images from the CDC website.

  Child with measles 
                                Koplik spots are small, red, irregularly-                                                                                                         shaped spots with blue-white centers found                                                                                                        on the mucosal surface of the oral cavity.


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