No Confirmed Measles Cases in Jackson County, Health Officials Underline

No Confirmed Measles Cases in Jackson County, Health Officials Underline

It has now hit 37.

Across the state, 40 people were diagnosed with measles in January, and there have been at 186 cases since October, with the largest number of cases in Rockland, state health officials said. The only other case so far has been reported in King County.

Thirty-one of the Clark County cases are between the ages of 1 and 10; 10 are between 11 and 18; and one case is between 19 and 29. "The rate of measles in the USA recently jumped from an average of 60 cases a year to 205 cases annually", the Mayo Clinic says.

Measles cases are continuing to spike in Washington state.

If a local outbreak is confirmed, the state law authorizes schools (public or private), child care centers, or the local Health Officer to exclude any child or staff who does not proof of immunization. Authorities said Friday one case was a person who had received one dose of the measles vaccine. Because measles is contagious even before people realize they are sick, people who are not vaccinated may unknowingly spread the virus. "They work great and I think it's one of the most important things you can really do for your child", said Dr. Plant. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, and, after the first few days, a rash. After three to five days, a rash usually begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.

NY health officials dealt with almost 200 cases.

Opposition to vaccines is generally based on junk science that has been endorsed by celebrities like Jenny McCarthy who, with Oprah's help, falsely hinted that there may be something unsafe about the measles vaccine.

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"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Melnick said. "There is no magic bullet cure to fight it".

Despite measles being declared eradicated in the United States in 2000, there have been periodic outbreaks.

"My belief is that they have gone down because of all the misinformation going around", Melnick said of the county's vaccination rates.

The more you know about measles...

About one in four people end up hospitalized from the measles. The MMR shot is safe and effective at preventing measles, mumps and rubella.

Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles.

Public health officials urge all individuals to re-visit their immunization records by logging into MyIR or by contacting their healthcare provider.

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