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CDC warns of measles outbreak in 21 states, including North Carolina, Florida

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CDC warns of measles outbreak in 21 states, including North Carolina, Florida

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning of a measles outbreak in 21 states. 

So far 107 people have become sickened by the illness in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and the District of Colombia. 

The number of people sickened was counted through July 14. The case count is preliminary and is updated monthly, the CDC warns.

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The majority of those who contract measles are unvaccinated, according to the CDC

In 2017, there were approximately 118 people who developed measles, and the highest number of patients was in 2014 with 667 cases.

Signs and symptoms of measles include:

  • High fever.
  • Cough.
  • Runny nose.
  • Red, watery eyes.
  • Small white spots inside the mouth two to three days after the first symptoms appear.
  • Rash, three to five days after the first symptoms appear, starting near the hairline and spreading down. 

The fever and rash should fade after a few days, according to the CDC.

Measles are spread through coughing and sneezing. It can live for up to two hours after a person has coughed or sneezed. 

Measles, according to the CDC, is so contagious that 90 percent of people who have come in contact with an infected person can become sick if not immune to the illness.

It can be spread for up to four days before the rash appears and four days after it is visible, the CDC reports.

The CDC recommends that children be vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Two doses are needed for full coverage -- one at between 12 and 15 months old, and a second round between 4 and 6 years old.

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Lawyer specializing in domestic violence cases arrested on domestic violence charge

A Florida attorney, who specializes in protecting victims of domestic violence, was arrested in Lake County on a domestic violence charge.

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Deputies said Barrett Burnette stalked his ex-girlfriend and vandalized her Orange County home and car Tuesday.

Burnette ripped out a flagpole and used it to smash a taillight on the car before he threw the flagpole through a window of the home, an arrest report said.

Investigators said a woman in the home told them she thought Burnette was trying to break in to kill her.

The suspect is also accused of throwing a vodka bottle through a car window.

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Deputies said Burnette's ex-girlfriend told them the pair were in an on-again-off-again relationship for 10 years.

The woman said she broke up with him July 2 because he beat her and took her cellphone, the report said.

Investigators said she told them he has been involved in three domestic violence incidents in the last week.

Deputies said Burnette drove to Lake County, where he was arrested.

When WFTV called Burnette's office Wednesday, a woman who answered the phone said he had no comment before hanging up.

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Court records show Burnette was previously charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend in 2016.

Records indicated that case was closed, but it is unclear how it was resolved.