Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Washington measles outbreak climbs while other states grapple with the disease

Washington measles outbreak climbs while other states grapple with the disease

The Houston outbreak comes as new cases of measles are being confirmed in Washington state on a daily basis, and other cases have been confirmed in Oregon, Georgia, and NY.

The health department said there are two other potential cases of measles that are pending as they wait for test results.

As a measles outbreak rages in Clark County, health care professionals advise a simple solution: Get vaccinated. It is not clear where the King County patient became infected, but he did report having traveled to Vancouver, the seat of Clark County, before his diagnosis, health officials have said.

As with a similar outbreak among Orthodox Jews in NY state, almost all of the infected were unvaccinated.

"More than 240 million doses of measles vaccine were given in the US from 1963 through 1993", explained Dr. Other possible infection sites in Portland include an Amazon Locker location and stores such as Costco and Ikea.

"In a given year, more measles cases can occur for any of the following reasons: an increase in the number of travelers who get measles overseas and bring it into the US and/or further spread of measles in USA communities with pockets of unvaccinated people", the CDC website says.

QUOTE: "Measles, a highly contagious disease, was declared eliminated in the 2000 due to successful vaccination programs".

Anti-vaccination hot spots have been developing for several years.

Lurking among the hot new cars and crowds of journalists at this year's North American International Auto Show was a potentially serious virus, state health officials warned Friday.

Since January, there have been 49 confirmed cases in Washington state - majority children. 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. Most side effects are mild, and it does not cause autism. More than 10,000 micrograms per day can cause long-term damage, such as bone thinning and liver damage. There are large measles outbreaks ongoing in both of those countries.

The measles vaccine, usually given as part of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, can make all the difference.

In all, at least 79 cases have been reported nationwide this year. "If you don't have records, you can always call your doctor's office to get them or you can get a re-vaccination if you're not able to confirm you've been vaccinated", she added.

Experts recommend that children receive the vaccine in two doses: the first between the ages of 12 months and 15 months and the second between 4 and 6 years old.

If you were born before 1960, there is a possibility you have had the measles infection. If left untreated, encephalitis, a potentially fatal inflammation of the brain, can develop.

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