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Rise in out-of-state measles cases poses threat to Wisconsin

Posted at 6:10 AM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 12:36:14-04

MILWAUKEE — The rise in measles cases means our children are not out of the woods yet.

Health officials warn parents of the risks some children could be exposed to this school year.

The Wisconsin Department of Health reports at least 70,000 students did not meet the requirements for vaccinations last year.

With confirmed measles cases in 31 states including Michigan, Illinois and Iowa, health officials warn we are not out of the woods just yet.

The CDC reveals the number of measles cases went from 372 confirmed last year to more than 1,200 and counting this year. That's the most since 1992.

Signs of the measles includes:

  • Fever
  • Red, inflamed eyes
  • Spots inside the mouth
  • Red, blotchy rash that first appears on forehead

This description could sound similar to chickenpox.

Here are the differences in symptoms when a patient has chickenpox:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Red spots first appear on the chest, face and back
  • Decreased appetite
  • Spots turn into itchy blisters

Always contact your doctor first for health decisions.