Largest measles outbreak in 20 years

BRITT, Iowa – A highly contagious virus is spreading across the country, and two cases have been confirmed in Minnesota.

While there are no confirmed illnesses in Iowa, there are more than 280 cases of measles in the U.S.

Health leaders are describing this outbreak as one of the largest the country has seen in the past 20 years.

Wendy Thompson, an immunization nurse with the Hancock County Health System says those who don’t get vaccinated against the disease are partly to blame.

“99 percent of the cases of measles are imported,” Thompson says. “They’re coming from overseas where people aren’t vaccinated, and they’re bringing it back to the states.”

Some countries require visitors to get vaccinated for certain diseases before traveling into their country, but as of right now, there are no such regulations for those traveling into the U.S.

Thompson says the easiest way to protect your family from the virus is to get everyone vaccinated.

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