Measles cases on the rise in the US

Measles cases on the rise in the US

The release from Farias says, "The current measles outbreak in Clark County and one diagnosed case in King County are examples of why the Measles, Mumps, and Reubell (MMR) Vaccine is a crucial requirement".

"The revelation prompted public health officials in Oregon's Deschutes County and in Hawaii to issue alerts, although no cases were confirmed in either location", the AP reported. "The good news is that Utah has no measles cases".

Advocates of the anti-vaccine movement, which is strong in the western United States, continue to spread misinformation on social media, Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County public health director, told the AP.

According to the release from Vernoica Farias of the Chelan-Douglas Health District, "Measles is one of the many diseases for which a child is required to be vaccinated against (WAC 246-105-030)". That raises the possibility of more cases among the unvaccinated. The vaccine itself is incredible effective, and prevents measles in 97% of people.

"Now is a great time for all families to take action by reviewing their vaccination records and be sure that everyone is up to date and has completed the vaccination series for measles", health officials said. Washington state declared a state of emergency last week.

Of the confirmed cases, most patients were under 10 and at least 34 patients were not immunized. Washington also has a higher-than-average percentage of vaccine exemptions.

More information on vaccination numbers across the state can be found on the Florida Health website.

Recognize the symptoms. Early signs of measles resemble those of a cold or the flu: a runny nose, cough, fever, red eyes and sore throat tend to appear before the telltale rash begins to spread. Someone who has no immunity can get sick up to three weeks after they have been exposed to the virus. You can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been. Of these, approximately 500,000 cases were reported each year to CDC; of these, 400 to 500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 1,000 developed encephalitis (brain swelling) from measles. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash", explained Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

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