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

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

So Clark County, Washington (Vancouver) has an outbreak of dozens of cases, one of which is from across the river in Portland.

De Guzman expressed concerns over the "alarming" number of measles cases, noting that patients now have to share beds for the hospital to accommodate all of them.

"It's my personal belief that I don't believe that we shouldn't be forcing everyone to be vaccinated or refuse them to come to school", said Sean, who opposes vaccinations. At least eight other states have reported measles cases this year: Hawaii, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Colorado, California and Georgia. "However, it is easily preventable". Measles can be exceptionally risky for young children and infants. Public Health now says 49 cases have been confirmed, up from 47 on Sunday, with nine cases currently suspected.

NY has also seen an outbreak that started in the fall of 2018 and has continued into 2019.

"If your child has received all the scheduled immunizations including the 12-to-15 month MMR vaccine and the vaccine between 4 and 6 years of age - for pre-kindergarten - those would confirm complete protection against measles", Dr. Wilson explained. At least 44 people in Washington and OR have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus, which was eradicated in the U.S.in 2000 as a result of immunization but arrives periodically with overseas travelers.

"Measles is very easily spread from person to person", cautioned Commissioner Pino.




On Jan. 22, Clark County health officials declared a public health emergency.

Also on Monday, Harris County confirmed three cases of the measles in their area.

She said because people don't see the disease, some individuals are more scared of the vaccine than the virus. However, he said an older person with a weaker immune system could have a higher chance of a risky infection if not vaccinated. It is used as an oral supplement in people with poor or severely limited diets or in those who have a condition that increases the need for vitamin A, such as pancreatic or eye disease. "We might start getting to a point where we have a critical mass un-immunized children, so that if measles gets introduced into a community, that may be the spark to spread from one kid to another to another.and that may be the spark for measles to get re-established in the United States". Children less than 5 years old and adults older than 20 are at highest risk of complications.

Last week, 9 children died within a day due to measles, De Guzman added. They include a high fever, cough and the signature bluish-white rash on the inner lining of the cheek called Koplik spots.

Cindy Lesinger, immunization division director, Alabama Department of Public Health, said without a doubt that everybody should be vaccinated.


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