Measles Outbreaks in U.S. Coasts has Local Health Officials Concerned

06 February, 2019, 04:53 | Author: Israel Montgomery
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"Right now there are 37 confirmed cases and a number of suspected cases in Washington state and it's likely the tip of the iceberg because these people have transmitted to others so we expect to see more cases", Dr. Wilson said.

Maldonado said what is happening now is people are getting looser with getting vaccinations for their children.

Since 1963, when the the vaccine was introduced, cases and deaths from measles in the United States and other developed countries have plummeted.

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or if a person comes into direct contact or shares germs by touching the same objects or surfaces.

Clark County Public Health has been regularly updating its list of locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

In 2017, about 85% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday - up from 72% in 2000, according to WHO, which calculates that for the period from 2000 to 2017, vaccination prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths due to measles.

Washington isn't the only state grappling with the disease.

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If you were born before 1960, there is a possibility you have had the measles infection.

In the same report, the top five reasons for non-vaccination were 1) mother was busy, 2) not eligible for vaccination, 3) child was sick, 4) fear of side effects and 5) forgot the schedule.

In 2000, he said medical professionals announces there were no cases of measles in the US due to the vaccine.

"We know now that was totally unfounded, in fact the studies that were done on that and published were totally false, they were fabricated", Goforth said. The department told the Associated Press that of those who were affected by the virus, none of them had been vaccinated. The outbreak in Clark County has been concentrated mostly among unvaccinated children. If you're not immunized get the shot Today.

Measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring back the virus, causing periodic outbreaks. Many health-care professionals (HCPs), such as doctors, in the public health sector fear that the previous year might be the lowest FIC rate in a decade.

It's time for the majority of parents to trust the OR, national and worldwide scientific communities and get their kids immunized.

"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County's health officer, said in a statement. 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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