NC health agency reminds people to get measles vaccination

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s health agency is advising people to vaccinate against measles, especially since 102 people from 14 states were diagnosed with the illness last month.

No cases were diagnosed in North Carolina.

Interim State Health Director Dr. Robin Cummings says measles will continue to be carried into the United States because it’s endemic in many countries. It’s highly contagious and spreads quickly in children and adults who are not vaccinated.

Measles is a respiratory disease that is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing. It also can be transmitted through contact with secretions from the nose or mouth of an infected person.

Initial symptoms may include fever, runny nose, watery red eyes and cough. Those are followed by a rash that can spread over the entire body.

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