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Measles making a dangerous comeback

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A dangerous and contagious disease that many people thought was nearly eradicated is making a comeback in Illinois.

The Center for Disease Control says the Measles is making a comeback right here in the Midwest.

According to the CDC there have already been 4 cases of measles in Illinois and 3 cases in Missouri this year.

And nationwide, the number of cases reported so far in 2013 is more than double the usual amount, with 159 cases.

That's the second largest number of cases in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000.

Karen Spring with the Adams county health department says so far, no cases have been reported in this area.

"Usually for the whole year there are 60 cases, and we're up to 159 cases in the U.S. that the CDC is reporting, so it is serious but not serious as of now for our area," said Spring.

One Quincy mother says the return of the measles is shocking.

"It's a little scary, it's a little crazy and a little scary, I have a little girl and that's a little scary. It makes me want to call my doctor, and just ask do I need to do anything? Does she need an extra boost?" said Nicki Benjamin.

Spring says the measles starts with a fever and cough which leads to a rash of tiny red spots that could cover the entire body.

The disease is extremely contagious, and if left un-treated could be fatal.

The CDC says about 26% of the reported cases this year, acquired the disease while traveling in other countries, and then brought it back to the U-S and spread it to others.

Spring says it's extremely important to stay up on your M/M/R vaccinations, that's about the only thing you can do to prevent it.

However, if you do catch the disease it's very important to call your doctor immediately, do not go in to the doctor, because you risk spreading the infection to others if you do.

 

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