Measles total for 2019 already second-most since 2000

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The total number of measles cases after only three months in 2019 already ranks as the second-highest total of reported cases in the United States since the disease was eliminated in 2000. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN a total of 387 cases have been confirmed in 15 states from Jan. 1 to March 28. 

Measles is highly contagious and typical symptoms include high fever, rashes, a stuffy nose and reddened eyes. 

While the CDC said symptoms usually disappear without treatment within two or three weeks, a severe case can lead to death. 

The CDC said one dose of the measles vaccine (known as the MMR vaccine) is about 93 percent effective at prevening measles if someone comes in contact with the virus. Two doses are about 97 percent effective. 

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