The CDC is watching the spread of measles in 21 states, which include Indiana and Illinois.  
So far, there have been 107 reported cases of measles in the first half of this year.
There were 118 cases throughout all of last year.
So, are we experiencing an outbreak, or at heightened risk?
Here are the numbers.
“It’s [measles] a sneaky little thing,” says pediatrician Dr. Keith Tolar. He is the medical director of Pediatric Urgent Care at Deaconess.
It’s sneaky because symptoms mimic common sicknesses.
“The first symptom oftentimes is a fever, which you know we see that all the time in the summertime. A fever without a source is a common scenario.”
But then comes the red eyes, the rash, and when measles kicks in, it can kill.
“A certain percentage of kids are going to develop complications, and those complications have to be managed. About 80% will develop diarrhea, 5% will develop lower respiratory infection, which is the most common cause of death,” says Tolar.
But, there is good news.
Illinois Department of Public Health told Eyewitness News that only four of those 107 cases were in Illinois.
Indiana is doing even better: the State Department of Health says there has only been one confirmed case this year.
The Vanderburgh County Health Department confirmed the case was not in Vanderburgh County.
EVSC has not seen measles this year, either.
“Thankfully, there’s been no sign of measles in really our entire region. We certainly hope it stays that way,” said EVSC Chief Communication Officer Jason Woebkenberg
Still, it’s important that the community keeps measles out. Schools require vaccinations before kindergarten, 6th, and 12th grades, and measles can be given at 12 to 15 months.
“You can only go so far with herd immunity. We’re very fortunate, you know, we’re very fortunate to have the vaccinations that we have, we’re very fortunate our kids can grow up without really a whole lot of risk,” says Tolar.
It’s important to know that Indiana and Illinois health departments say that the cases in both states were isolated and not related to any known outbreak.

You can find vaccination information for schools in Indiana here.
 

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(This story was originally published August 15, 2018)