Friday, 22 February, 2019


Measles Cases Confirmed in Georgia Following Northwest Outbreak

Measles outbreaks confirmed in 3 new states amid Washington state of emergency Four states have confirmed cases of measles
Patty Aguilar | 02 February, 2019, 07:15

900 miles away here in Utah, Intermountain Health Care experts like Dr. Tamara Sheffield are urging the public to get vaccines for their kids if they haven't yet.

Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the USA died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the U.S.

Herd immunity is a level of vaccination at which people who can't safely get vaccines (because they have HIV, cancer, or other conditions which make their immune systems more fragile) are protected. The King County measles case involved a middle-aged man who visited Clark County where he likely contracted the virus and has since recovered.

Clark County Public Health says there are now 13 additional suspected cases. Of the 41 confirmed cases, 37 are people who were not immunized and four are unverified.

The overall vaccination rate for children entering kindergarten in California rose to 95 percent in the two years after the law passed.

They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington. The factually incorrect report was debunked many times over in the years that followed, but that hasn't stopped some parents from choosing to not vaccinate their children against diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella. Therefore, a massive measles outbreak in the United States got traction due to the anti-vaxxer movement.

"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Melnick said. Many of those parents are part of a growing movement of "anti-vaxxers" who worry about the safety of vaccines.

"Please get your children vaccinated", Gov. Kate Brown said.

Nearly everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus. "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. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person, and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

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