Scope of the Measles Outbreak and Why It's Worsening

Scope of the Measles Outbreak and Why It's Worsening

People who think they may have the measles should call their health care provider before showing up so the facility can take steps to limit other people's exposure.

As long as people in the community aren't vaccinated, doctors say there is potential for an outbreak. Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement.

Although the risk of becoming sick is low, DPH has notified individuals who might have been exposed to the virus and are potentially at increased risk for developing measles.

On the darkest day of 2018, the winter solstice, we at the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh tweeted, with despair, a report in the Guardian that measles cases in Europe reached the highest number in 20 years.

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a public health emergency in the state this week as the number of cases of people with measles continues to rise.

Local public health officials are monitoring the outbreak up north, and Jackson County Health Officer Dr. Jim Shames said that the public will be alerted if a confirmed case makes it to Jackson County. The county has had most of the diagnosed cases so far.

Meanwhile, three cases have been confirmed in Georgia among an unvaccinated family.

The overall vaccination rate for children entering kindergarten in California rose to 95 percent in the two years after the law passed. Most of the patients are children under 10, and one child has been hospitalized. "We know that what we are doing is not working because we're seeing the measles outbreak".

Children receive the first vaccine between 12 and 15 months old and the second vaccine between ages 4 and 6.

"If you get both doses of the measles vaccine you're looking at about 97 percent protection", Ward said.

Early symptoms include a fever, runny nose and malaise, followed by a rash that starts around the head and moves down the body. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.

The virus, spread by coughing or sneezing, can remain in the air for up to two hours in an isolated space.