New measles cases confirmed in Texas, Washington

07 February, 2019, 19:24 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • Measles Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - one between 12 and 15 months and the second between ages 4 and 6 - to be fully protected against measles.

Jason Davis with Lane County Health and Human Services said there are no confirmed measles cases in Lane County and anyone who thinks they might have it should not leave their house.

These new Multnomah County cases are linked to the Clark County outbreak. Measles is highly contagious and early identification remains a critical public health measure to reduce the spread of the disease.

"These outbreaks are associated with travelers who brought measles back from Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks are occurring", the CDC says.

In response to a cluster of five cases of measles in northwest Harris, Galveston and Montgomery counties, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is trying to raise awareness of the risk and the need for up-to-date vaccinations.

"Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room", the agency said.

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Health officials have long feared an outbreak in the area, given the rampant skepticism of vaccines driven by misinformation and fear-mongering by anti-vaccine advocates.

Though health officials are glad to see the surge in life-saving immunizations, the motivation is less encouraging. One patient had received one dose of the MMR vaccine.

Measles is a viral infection that causes a rash over the entire body.

That's a huge rise in a county where vaccination rates lag - only 76.5 percent of kindergartners had all the required immunizations for the 2017-18 school year.

Measles symptoms include a fever, a dry cough, a runny nose, a sore throat and inflamed eyes.



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