Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Measles Outbreak In The US
Written By: Asha McKenzie
ELMIRA (WENY) -- There has been a recent outbreak of the measles in the United States.
The Center for Disease Control reports 129 people have been infected across 13 states.
34 of those cases were imported from foreign countries including 17 from the Philipines where 20,000 people have been affected.
New York state alone has seen 24 infections in 2014.
Doctors at St. Joseph's hospital say it is important to look out for symptoms.
"It usually takes three days after the fever and rash begin to differentiate the disease from other childhood rashes," said Doctor John Querci. "But you usually have three legions. You have a scabbed over legion, you have legion that's red and one that looks like it's scratched up."
Medical officials say it is important for individuals to get immunized to prevent contracting the disease.
According to the Department of Health, Measles is more contagious than almost any other disease.
The virus that causes measles lives in the nose and throat of infected people and is sprayed into the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks, and can stay in the air for up to two hours.
People with measles can spread the disease starting four days before the rash begins until four days after it appears.