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Apr 25, 2014 6:38 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Rise in measles cases has health officials concerned

The United States has seen more cases of measles in the first four months of this year than it's experienced in nearly two decades.

The CDC says 129 cases were reported through April 18. There is also a suspected outbreak in an Amish community in Ohio.

Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases known.

34 infected travelers brought measles to the United States this year, which has triggered cases among people who didn't get the vaccine or didn't know their vaccine status.

Health officials say most doctors have never seen a case of measles, which can increase the number of patients exposed to the virus before it's diagnosed. Symptoms include high fever and a rash that starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

About five percent of kindergarten students have not been vaccinated for some reason, whether it is medical or goes against their personal beliefs.

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