by Gabrielle Mays, FOX 11 News
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(WLUK) — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports in January of this year there have been 79 individual cases of measles.
The cases have been confirmed in 10 states.
Wisconsin isn’t one of them but one neighboring state is on the list.
The CDC says the states include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington – that’s according to the Centers for Disease Control.
“Measles starts out, it’s a respiratory illness. It starts out with a cough, runny nose. Some children develop the infection in the eyes, red eyes. Then it goes on starting with a rash,” said Carol Bess an infection prevention nurse at Bellin Health.
The CDC says there were 372 reported cases of the measles in last year.
In 2017, there were 120 cases.
“The rash usually starts with the head and moves down the body,” Bess said.
She adds, the best way to prevent the measles and an outbreak is the vaccine.
“Measles is a preventable disease so, when people are vaccinated, we prevent the illness,” she said.
The Wisconsin Coalition for Informed Vaccination disagrees. A statement says:
The maker of this vaccine states that it is a live virus and anyone injected with it can spread the virus for about 3 weeks post vaccination. They also state that a person can get measles from the vaccine. So if every person who takes this vaccine is capable of spreading it out in public, and in school, then we disagree that this is the best method for disease prevention. Especially considering that you can get the disease from this specific vaccine.
“There has been some controversy about vaccine safety and so then parents started choosing not to vaccinate their children because they were afraid of the side effects. From the vaccine but that has all been disproven. The vaccine is very safe,” Bess said.
The Wisconsin Coalition for Informed Vaccination says:
It may, or may not be, the safest thing. That is for the parent to decide. With every vaccine they should take the time to determine if the risks of the vaccine is safer than the risk of potentially contracting the disease.