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Largest Measles Outbreak Since 1994 Hasn't Reached Minn. or Wis.

Ryan Juntti
Updated: May 01, 2019 12:16 PM

The Measles outbreak has now affected the most amount of people since 1994. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been over 700 cases reported across the country.

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While there haven't been any confirmed cases in Minnesota or Wisconsin, there have been 43 confirmed cases in the Detroit area of Michigan. 

Measles is a virus that lives in the mucus of the nose or throat. WebMD says it is spread through the air, and by coming into direct contact with someone who has it. 

According to WebMD you have a 90% chance of contracting Measles if you haven't been vaccinated and are in a room with someone who has Measles.

Michael Almond is on the state of Wisconsin PTA, but also has kids who go to Superior Middle School, and Northern Lights Elementary School.

He says he makes sure his kids are vaccinated, and hopes others are doing the same.

"It's tough when you go to different places like the roller skating rink, or the trampoline park, or the skate park or stuff like that. You never know what's out there, so it's good to know hopefully the parents are taking care of their kids, and getting their kids immunized," said Almond. 

According to WebMD, immunizations are the best way to prevent the spread of Measles. Doctors recommend that children get their first dose when they're between 12 and 15 months old and again when they're between 4 and 6 years old.

According to WebMD, symptoms of Measles usually include: 

  • High fever - normally the first sign.
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Tiny white bumps in mouth
  • Rash - usually starts at the hairline and spreads across the body.

Although they advise getting vaccinated at a young age, doctors say you're never too old to do so. 

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