USA measles outbreak could be prevented

07 February, 2019, 10:09 | Author: Bruce West
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A new push for the measles vaccine, as cases of the highly contagious virus grow in the Pacific Northwest. One patient received a vaccination against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), but the health agency declined to provide more details on that case "to protect the patient's privacy".

So far so good say health officials in Yakima. As many as 1 out of every 20 children with measles will get pneumonia, which can also be deadly, the agency reports. The virus spread through the air and lingers for hours.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributes the rise in measles to un-vaccinated travelers who get exposed and bring it to the United States and to those who chose not to get vaccinated.

The outbreak in Clark County, Washington, involves 49 confirmed cases of measles and nine suspected cases, according to local public health officials.

The rash starts on the forehead and spreads downwards, over the face, neck and body, with red or brown blotches that last up to seven days.

She also urges anyone who is concerned about measles to speak to a health care provider before coming into the office.

"That doesn't mean that in the back of our mind we're always mindful that we don't have or hope that we don't have anything going on here", Goforth said.

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If you were born before 1960, there is a possibility you have had the measles infection. A lot of particular particulars concerning the instances in Houston haven't been publicly disclosed, together with how it's believed that the people contracted the illness and if they had been beforehand vaccinated.

"Being victims of our own success with the vaccine, we haven't seen it", Sammons said.

The measles comeback actually began in 1998, when British doctor Andrew Wakefield suggested there was a link between the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine and autism. Measles can be exceptionally risky for young children and infants. As of 2000, measles was declared eliminated in the United States or no longer constantly present, though spot outbreaks occur.

At the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, we have worked with UNICEF overseas to help those workers responsible for childhood immunizations with the interpersonal skills they need to ensure children are protected - including arming them with accurate information about the benefits of vaccination.

"While we do want to have a heightened level of concern and be aware of measles, there are many more much more common viruses that are circulating", she said. If you have the proper doses, then you will never get sick with measles.

And with increasing numbers, vaccinated people may be starting to wonder just how protected they are.

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