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Four measles cases confirmed in Oregon

Four measles cases confirmed in Oregon

According to the CDC, the current outbreaks (defined as three or more cases) are concentrated in Washington State, New York State, and New York City. In a statement, Jay Inslee-Washington's Governor-stated that measles is an extremely contagious transferable disease that can be deadly in small children.

Six cases of the measles have been confirmed in Texas during 2019, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed on February 6, 2019.

As alarming as some of the recent numbers are, it pales in comparison to what measles used to be in the United States.

The measles outbreak affecting the Portland-Vancouver area hasn't hit Wahkiakum County, yet. That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four.

Measles infection typically causes a rash, fever, conjunctivitis (red eyes), cough or runny nose. The identities of the patients have not been released by DSHS, but the health department said the children were either too young to be vaccinated or had not completed the two-part vaccination series. This is why measles outbreaks are occurring in Ireland and across Europe.




Officials declined to say how old the person is or give any other identifying information, but they are contacting people who may have been exposed. As a highly contagious infection, measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was for up to two hours. So far, there are 2 confirmed cases.

Washington lawmakers, meanwhile, will hold a public hearing Friday on a bill that would remove the so-called "philosophical" exemption for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

"Before the measles vaccine, we had an increase in measles, and then, when the measles vaccine was created, it started getting more and more people vaccinated", Beckham said.

The health department said they are taking all precautionary measures to prevent the disease from spreading with five measles cases reported in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston country earlier this week.


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