USA measles outbreak could be prevented

Kaley McLachlan-Burton an environmental outreach specialist with Clark County Public Health monito

The outbreak investigation, which is ongoing has identified 49 confirmed cases since January 1.

All individuals are children that were either not vaccinated or had not completed the vaccine series.

"Measles in Washington has spread and health officials urge immunization", the Washington State Department of Health says.

Five measles cases were reported in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston country earlier this week.

Measles is a highly contagious, airborne disease caused by a virus, according to a CDC website.

Goforth is a registered nurse with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, she said there are no reported cases locally, but the risk is a possibility if people are not vaccinated. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, and is followed by a blotchy rash. Authorities said Friday one case was a person who had received one dose of the measles vaccine. The State Department of Health is providing support for impacted communities and health departments. "Measles vaccine significantly reduces the likelihood of developing Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE)".

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Doctors say a big reason for measles spreading is the rate which patients are not getting the vaccine.

Democratic Rep. Monica Stonier of Vancouver, a co-signer on the bill, said she would prefer an even broader proposal, but "right now we're looking at what we can get moved".

Measles is so contagious, the virus can linger hours after an infected person has left the room.

It would not be unusual to see so many headlines about measles. if this were 1919. The danger is such that the World Health Organization felt it necessary to rank vaccine hesitancy - a reluctance or outright refusal to be vaccinated - as one of the 10 biggest threats to global health in 2019.

"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Melnick said. 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. Two doses ups the effectiveness to 97 percent. Between 1985 and 1992, death from measles was reported in approximately 2 out of every 1,000 U.S. measles cases, with pneumonia accounting for about 60% of these deaths, according to the CDC.

Insinuations that vaccines are unsafe spread via misinformation and anecdotal reports of alleged vaccine reactions, either by unqualified professionals, the media, the internet and/or anti-vaccination groups, and this leads parents to question the need for immunization. As long as there have been vaccines, a portion of the population has been opposed to them, with some well-meaning, but misinformed, parents refusing to get the recommended shots for their kids.

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