Measles vaccination encouraged


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- One out of ten students in District 51 schools is not immunized against the measles, and with a resurgence of the disease, parents are encouraged to get kids vaccinated or re-vaccinated.

According to new numbers released by the CDC Monday, there are now 101 confirmed cases in 10 states this year.

Last month, a public health emergency was declared in Washington State, where there are 55 confirmed cases of the highly contagious viral disease. The CDC says the majority of the patients were not vaccinated.

“For people who are spending time around someone who has measles, and that can happen again, just thinking if you're traveling or in a space, it can live for two hours. 90 percent of people who aren't immunized will be infected with measles, so that just speaks volumes about how contagious it is and why it’s so easily spread,” said Katie Nelson, Mesa County Public Health.

Symptoms include high fever, cough, red eyes and a bluish-white rash on the inner lining of the cheek, followed by a rash that spreads over the body. If left untreated, a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain could develop.