Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

CDC raising concerns over increasing number of measles cases

CDC raising concerns over increasing number of measles cases

Most of the confirmed cases involve patients younger than 10.

East Wenatchee, WA - Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, public health officials are working closely with school districts and healthcare providers throughout Chelan and Douglas County to ensure students and staff are up-to-date on their vaccines.

The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in OR and Washington since January 1, with 11 more cases suspected. In recent years, however, the viral illness has popped up again from NY to California and sickened hundreds.

"My belief is that they have gone down because of all the misinformation going around", Melnick said of the county's vaccination rates. Public health officials urge all individuals to re-visit their immunization records by logging into MyIR or by contacting their healthcare provider. "We've since looked at millions of kids completely debunking that there's any link between autism and [the vaccine]". People who have been vaccinated against measles face little threat from the disease.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed measles in three residents of the metro Atlanta area.

Rubella is very unsafe for a pregnant woman and her developing baby.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the U.S. "The best way to stop this outbreak in its tracks is to make sure that everybody gets vaccinated".

Infection with rubella virus causes the most severe damage when the mother is infected early in pregnancy, especially in the first 12 weeks (first trimester). CRS can affect nearly everything in the developing baby's body.

There are 40 confirmed cases in the Northwest, including 38 clustered in southwest Washington, one in Portland and one in Seattle. Get vaccinated now! For more information on the current measles outbreak, please visit Washington State 2019 Measles Outbreak.

Moreover, many residents of Venezuela transit through Colombia to Ecuador, where, by epidemiologic week 44 of 2018, a total of 13 of the 600 suspected cases imported from Venezuela had been confirmed as measles by the Ecuador Ministry of Health.

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