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MI is one of almost two dozen states being monitored for a measles outbreak.

The largest outbreak of measles in recent years occurred in 2014, when 667 cases of measles were reported across 27 states, according to the CDC.

The majority of the individuals who were infected were unvaccinated, said the CDC, which urges everyone to get inoculated as soon as possible.

There were only 118 cases last year, and only 86 the year before that.

There were three reported cases of the measles in CT this year.

Symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and rash (usually starting on the face and spreading down the body).

Measles is highly contagious and is spread through coughing and sneezing.

The live measles vaccine was developed in 1963; in 2000, the disease was declared eliminated from the United States.

The rash appears as red and blotchy marks on the hairline that travel down over several days, turning brown and eventually fading.

He was not surprised though to hear about a measles outbreak because they are seeing rising rates of people not vaccinating their child. Additionally, some doctors have never seen a case of measles in their lifetime. "MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles", the CDC official said. Numerous cases in the U.S.in 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak.

"The best protection against measles is MMR vaccine".

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