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Spike in measles cases prompts warning from Gov.

NEW YORKGovernor Cuomo is alerting New Yorkers about the importance of the measles vaccine due to the number of outbreaks in the beginning of 2014.

According to the CDC, measles has infected 129 people in the United States in 2014 and 29 of those cases were in New York. They say that measles is very contagious and symptoms appear 10 to 12 days after exposure.

The CDC says that symptoms appear in two stages, with symptoms such as runny nose, cough and a slight to high fever in the first stage.  The second stage consists of a red blotchy rash that spreads throughout the body. Individuals are not at-risk for contracting measles if they are immune or they have received the two doses of the MMR vaccine or were born before January 1, 1957.

Governor Cuomo said, "While many New Yorkers have likely already received measles vaccinations, with the number of outbreaks at a higher level in years the State is taking the opportunity to urge New Yorkers check with their healthcare provider to make sure they and all of their family members immunizations are up-to-date."

The CDC says the best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated.