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The Measles outbreak - What you need to know and do

Posted at 12:10 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 13:10:01-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The measles was declared "eliminated" in 2000, but has been making big headlines lately as confirmed cases pop up around the country. CHI health has released information for those who are worried about their families contracting the highly contagious disease.

Here's what CHI Health says you need to know about the measles:

  • One in four people who get measles will need to be hospitalized
  • Measles is so contagious that 90% of people around an individual with measles will also catch it.
  • If you were born before the 1960s, you may never have been vaccinated against measles
  • The U.S. has the highest number of measles cases on record since the disease was declared “eliminated” in 2000.

Tonight we will have more from CHI Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan about what you need to know and do to protect you and your family from measles.