Measles case investigated in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating its third measles case this year, a baby boy from Lincoln County, N.M.
There is no word on the current condition of the boy, KASA.com reports.

Measles shots are free for children in state of New Mexico.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that grows in the cells that line the back of the lungs and throat. Early symptoms of the measles include a runny nose, fever, cough and a rash all over the body.
Measles can spread through the air by coughing, breathing or sneezing. It is so contagious that any child who is exposed to it without immunity will probably get the disease.
Measles is quite rare in countries and regions of the world that are able to keep vaccination coverage high, such as North America, South America and Finland. Worldwide, it is estimated that there are 20 million cases and 197,000 deaths from measles each year, with half of the deaths occurring in India.
Before the measles vaccine in the United States, nearly all children got the measles by the time they were 15 years old and each year in the U.S., about 400 to 500 people died because of the disease, while 48,000 were hospitalized, 7,000 had seizures and approximately 1,000 suffered permanent brain damage or deafness.