Washington State Reports More Measles Cases

Washington State Reports More Measles Cases

Along with Washington and NY, at least seven other states - Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Colorado, California and Georgia - have reported measles cases this year.

Also on Monday, Harris County confirmed three cases of the measles in their area. Yale-New Haven Hospital is treating the two infected patients.

"We should've panicked then and gotten our MMR vaccines up to date, but sometimes it takes a case locally to make that happen", said Brust. Even children in the best of health who are diagnosed with measles should receive two doses of vitamin A supplements 24 hours apart, according to WHO. If someone who is not immune to the virus breathes the air or touches an infected surface, they can become infected, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The health district said they are still waiting for test results to confirm that it is, in fact, a case of the measles virus, but doctors in Bell County are keeping a close eye on any potential spread. Brazil had more than 10,000 cases of measles past year; Europe, almost 60,000.

The decision not to vaccinate is one that many in the medical field, including Dr. Bill Mostow, strongly disagrees with, as it can leave that population vulnerable to diseases like the measles. "Herd immunity works by slowing down disease transmission through a community of vaccinated people".

"In a given year, more measles cases can occur for any of the following reasons: an increase in the number of travelers who get measles overseas and bring it into the USA and/or further spread of measles in US communities with pockets of unvaccinated people", the CDC website says.

"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director.

Recent data compiled by Idaho health officials show about 3,800 school-age children in the state likely are not fully immunized for the measles. That's something Dr. Brust said could've been prevented when outbreaks were reported in the northwest part of the country past year.

A person with measles will themselves be most infectious to others in the period four days before and after the rash appears.

It would not be unusual to see so many headlines about measles. if this were 1919.

Two doses are 97 percent effective and public health officials in Washington recommend that everyone who is unvaccinated or only received one get both shots to avoid contracting measles. More than 95 percent of individuals who get the vaccine after 12 months of age will develop an immunity to all three viruses.

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