USA measles outbreak warning: 35 confirmed cases as number continues to rise

USA measles outbreak warning: 35 confirmed cases as number continues to rise

Twenty of the cases are in children who have not been vaccinated. All but two confirmed cases are in children and teenagers under the age of 18, and in 32 cases, the patient was not vaccinated against the virus. Most cases of measles are acquired or linked to worldwide travel. Writer Mariel Gaza pointed out that, notably, the core areas where measles began to spread rapidly are those whose local laws allowed parents to refuse vaccination for their children for whatever personal reason, specifically OR and Washington states.

Clark County officials have compiled a list of dozens of public places-among them stores, medical clinics, churches, schools and the Portland International Airport-where people may have been exposed to the infection.

Last week, a person infected with measles attended a Portland Trail Blazers home game in OR amid the outbreak.

On January 11, someone infected with the virus attended a Portland Trailblazers home game. Certain groups need two doses of MMR, including: college students, health care workers, worldwide travelers, and persons at high risk for measles complications.

Symptoms of measles typically appear between 10 to 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus.

"Measles is highly infectious and spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing, as well as respiratory secretions", said the BCDC.

She is working to combat misinformation that claims vaccines cause cancer, diabetes and autism - all disproven by the CDC. One or two of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccine is about 97 percent effective. There has also been one confirmed case in King County, which includes Seattle.

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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People who have had measles are also considered to be immune from getting the illness a second time, similar to chicken pox. So far, just one adult in the area has caught the disease. The proportion of children receiving no vaccine doses by 2 years old rose from 0.9% among those born in 2011 to 1.3% among those born in 2015, the CDC reported in October.

'Last year, I co-authored an article identifying the hotpots of anti-vaxxers, ' he told In Clark County, where 35 cases have been reported, 31 were not immunized.

He says the best way to stop this spread of cases is to get rid of non-medical vaccine exemptions.

"Measles can spread before we even know it is here", said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state communicable disease epidemiologist, "and it can find its way quickly into pockets of unvaccinated people".

Vaccination is the most effective preventative measure and there is data to show that it has saved millions of lives.

'It's this disgusting self-inflicted wound that never should have happened'.

The outbreak in the city has began since October 2018 in Orthodox Jewish communities after a child came back from a trip to Israel, where a battle against measles had been going on for months.

'Here, in the Portland area, it's pervasive, so it could be worse and larger. "However, the majority of people exposed to measles are not at-risk of developing the disease since most people have either been vaccinated or have had measles in the past, before vaccination became routine".

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