The CDC says that the number of confirmed cases of Measles in the United States has risen to 101 nationwide.
The new report shows that there are 22 new cases since the CDC’s previous report. The disease has been reported in 10 different states with Washington having 55 confirmed cases.
Many of the reports have come from children under the age of 10 who were not vaccinated against the disease, or did not receive their second dose of the vaccination. The CDC does report that since the outbreak began, vaccination rates have increased.
Symptoms generally begin a week to 14 days after infection. They include a high fever, cough, red eyes and the signature bluish-white rash on the inner lining of the cheek called Koplik spots. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. If left untreated, encephalitis, a potentially fatal inflammation of the brain, can develop.