FILE – The picture on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 shows a sign explaining the state of a local emergency due to a case of measles in the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. The measles is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so infectious that 90 percent of people who have not been immunized are infected if they are exposed to the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Photo AP / White Seth) Associated Press
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Author
NEW YORK (AP) – UK health officials report that the number of cases of measles through the first three months of this year has exceeded the total count for 2018.
There were 387 cases in March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday. There were 372 last year. This is the biggest since 2014, when 667 were reported.
Most people who have measles have not been vaccinated. Measles is spread through the air when someone who has infected is coughing or sneezing, and it is extremely contagious.
For most people, measles is boring but it's not a threat to life. Three deaths associated with measles have been reported since 2000, including two in 2003 and one in 2015.
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