According to the latest report from the CDC, the number of reported measles cases in the U.S. Has reached 555, and has spread to twenty states.
It’s a severe disease, but why is it so dangerous?
Doctors say measles can look like a common cold at first, but symptoms escalate quickly.
You begin coughing, develop a high fever, and eventually a rash that can last four to five days.
Symptoms can be severe in both children and adults, however, doctors say complication rates are actually a little higher in adults.
The complications can also be severe.
One of the main concerns is that a person can develop primary measles pneumonia, or a secondary bacterial pneumonia.
Another troublesome complication that can result from measles is swelling of the brain.
And because measles is such a contagious virus, if it gets introduced into a community where people are unvaccinated, it can spread rapidly.
Doctors say high vaccination rates can lead people to think the danger doesn’t exist anymore.
But they stress that every healthy person age one and older should receive the m-m-r vaccine.