CLEVELAND – The CDC is tracking five outbreaks of measles from coast to coast, with a total of 10 states reporting cases.
Now, the director of the Pediatric Center Infectious Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic says it's just a matter of time before Ohio joins the list.
"Wherever there are crops of children who are susceptible to measles and measles gets going, it's so contagious," Dr. Camille Sabella said.
There is growing concern that this could happen again, given Ohio's status as one of more than dozen states that allows parents to opt out of mandatory vaccinations for children due to personal beliefs.
The highly contagious infection spreads through coughing and sneezing, according to the CDC. The infection usually starts with high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Days after the symptoms begin, small white spots can appear in the mouth.
"There are definitely real complications from measles," Dr. Sabella said. "The vaccine has really shown to be incredibly safe and very effective."
Dr. John Cullen, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians, released the following statement:
"Vaccines are safe, effective and they save lives." Science has proven there is no link between vaccines and autism. unfolds, family physicians and our colleagues in the medical community fight to keep the public safe and harm the fake news unleashed. "
According to Dr. Sabella, children should receive their first measles vaccination at 2 years old and a second dose before they begin school.
The governor of the Washington State declared a state of emergency due to the amount of confirmed measles cases. The CDC classifies Washington as one of five areas nationwide currently experiencing an outbreak of the disease.