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Measles outbreak spreads across the country and South Carolina

(EC/ECHO/Pierre Prakash / CC BY-ND 2.0 via MGN)

A measles outbreak is growing across the country and here in our state.

The CDC reports the virus is now in 21 states, including South Carolina.

107 people, including one person in Georgetown County, have been diagnosed.

None of them had the measles vaccine.

We spoke with a doctor today about why getting the vaccine is so important.

"If your child hasn’t been vaccinated against measles, the best defense against getting measles is a measles shot. Because in an unvaccinated child, it can lead to death," said Dr. Dennis Rhoades, regional medical director for Doctors Care

Measles typically begins with a high fever, cough, a runny nose and red watery eyes, and then a full-body rash three to five days later.

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