Measles outbreak highest since 1996

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported the largest measles outbreak since 1996. California has reported the highest number of outbreak cases.

The measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that generally affects young children. Symptoms include a fever, runny nose, cough, and distinctive rash all over the body. A person with measles is contagious up to four days before symptoms are apparent.

Local doctors say the best way to prevent the disease is to eat healthy, get enough sleep, and to get the measles vaccine.

"There has been an outbreak on the west coast. It is probably not going to be hitting our area, however in order to prepare for that, the best bet is immunization. There's not any specific treatment except for supportive care," said John Collins, D.O.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that children get two doses of the measles vaccine to help prevent the disease. The first at 12 months and the second between the ages of four and six.