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Measles outbreak among unvaccinated hits 21 U.S. states

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America   The majority of the people who got measles were unvaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of measles that has spread to 21 states.

One-hundred seven people have contracted the measles, the CDC said. The disease has been reported in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington and the District of Colombia.

The majority of the people who got measles were unvaccinated, the CDC said, though it has not confirmed if the cases were linked.

A potentially fatal airborne virus, measles symptoms typically show up within two weeks of exposure. Symptoms include high fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and a rash that starts on the face and then spreads. In severe cases, patients develop pneumonia and brain swelling.

The disease can be serious for people of all ages but is especially dangerous for those younger than 5 years of age and adults older than 20.

Measles is still common in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa and travelers continue to bring the disease into the U.S. The last large number of cases occurred in 2015, when the U.S. experienced a multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. In 2014, 383 cases were reported, mostly in unvaccinated communities in Ohio.

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