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CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 11:54:00-04

ATLANTA, GA (WAFB/WMC) - The Centers for Disease Control is monitoring a measles outbreak that impacted 21 states, including Arkansas and Tennessee.

Health officials say some 107 people have contracted the highly contagious virus since January.

It causes fever, dry coughs, sore throats, and a skin rash.

Arkansas and Tennessee require children enrolled in public schools to be vaccinated against the disease.

However, the shot isn't 100 percent effective.

If you think your child has the measles, keep them home from school and contact your doctor immediately.

For a full list of states impacted, click here

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