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"It's only a matter of time." Measles outbreak spreading

Posted at 5:49 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 19:20:16-04

It’s being called the worst measles outbreak of the decade. But the measles hasn’t reached Wisconsin this year.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that doctors thought was eliminated in the U.S. But as the outbreak grows, doctors say there’s only one way to ensure protection: a vaccination.

As of April 4, there have been 465 cases nationwide including seven as close as Illinois. The measles is creeping closer to the Badger State.

Doctors, like pediatrician Dr. Lyn Ranta with Children’s Hospital, are urging parents to get their kids vaccinated.

“All it takes is a visit, measles is very contagious,” Dr. Ranta said.

Adults should even check themselves if they are unsure if they are vaccinated.

“You can either get a dose of the vaccine or get your blood checked to see if you shows signs of immunity,” Dr. Ranta said.

With the growing danger we asked our Twitter followers, if the measles outbreak would make them more apt to get kids vaccinated.

11% still said no.

Dr. Ranta also said it may be just a matter of time before Measles makes it way to Wisconsin