Measles case confirmed in Central Texas

08 February, 2019, 10:26 | Author: Cynthia Curry
  • Owen Humphreys  AP

The Oregon cases are a part of the larger Vancouver-area outbreak that stands at 50 confirmed cases of measles and 11 suspected cases as of Wednesday, according to Clark County Public Health.

"Our vaccination rates are not so low that I think we are going to be like Italy or Romania that had thousands of cases previous year but we could have a few hundred cases", Ludke said. 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.

In Harris County, two boys and a woman are being treated for measles.

Washington state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist said he's seeing new cases every day. 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 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) blamed the anti-vaccination movement for a surge in European measles cases.

Measles is an airborne disease which is highly contagious but it is preventable.

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The United States is now facing not one but three measles outbreaks, and once again the main culprit is people's refusal to get vaccinated.

This adds to the national measles outbreak seen across the county. The second vaccine is given when the child is between 4 and 6 years of age. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune.

Public Health said about 5 percent of people develop a rash after their first vaccination, but after the 72-hour window that rash could be due to the full-blown disease, not the immunization.

Three were reported in Harris County and one was reported in Galveston County by the counties' health departments.

Measles is a viral infection that causes a rash over the entire body. Measles is prevented through the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.

"If you feel like you're experiencing symptoms and signs of a measles infection, contact your health provider", Marlow said.

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