Mountain State Hasn't Suffered Measles Outbreak Since 1994
WDTV-TV (CBS), Clarksburg, WV
By Phyllis Smith
July 6, 2014
Over the past few months, 5 News has been alerting you to the measles outbreaks that have been happening across the nation, but did you know our state has one of the lowest rates around?
This May, measles was at a 20 year high in the U.S. The CDC said there were almost 300 identified cases. What's even worse is this contagious disease was considered to be completely gone about 14 years ago.
In our state though, it's a different story. There hasn't been a measles outbreak in our state since 1994. Experts said that's because our state doesn't allow children to enroll in kindergarten without getting their full roster of vaccines, no matter their parents' personal or spiritual beliefs may be.
The only exception is for rare medical cases. One retired Marion County school teacher said she remembers just how strict the school system is about vaccinations.
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