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CDC Recommends International Travelers get Vaccinated Against Measles

Updated: 06/09/2014 5:04 PM
Created: 06/09/2014 4:24 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

The Centers for Disease Control is seeing a record number of measles cases this year across the U.S.

It’s most commonly found in people who are traveling out of the country. Ninety-five-percent of the cases were traced to unvaccinated international travelers, according to the CDC.

The CDC is urging travelers of all ages to get their MMR vaccine before hopping on a plane.

"Measles is quite honestly the most contagious virus we deal with. And riding on a plane, if you were with someone who had measles, your risk would be exceedingly high of catching measles because it is such a contagious infection,” said Dr. Mark Sannes, chair of infectious disease for the Park Nicollet Travel Clinic.

In Minnesota, this year there are two known cases of measles.

Photo: Centers for Disease Control

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