Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Five Cases Of Measles Confirmed in Texas

Five Cases Of Measles Confirmed in Texas

These worldwide travelers then spread measles upon their return, which cause outbreaks in the USA. Clark County officials said that a majority of the patients affected, 41, were not vaccinated.

According to the Bell County Health District, there were four possible cases under investigation.

Five of the cases involved young children, some of whom received one round of the two-part vaccine.

"Upon finding and verifying that there is a measles case in Arizona, we activate our emergency operations center", she said.

News stories have been tracking the recent measles outbreak in Washington state that now stands at 38 cases with two of those patients hospitalized.

The Center has reported three outbreaks; the outbreaks are associated with travelers, who "brought measles back from Israel and Ukraine".

Since measles is no longer endemic (constantly present) in the United States, how are these outbreaks occurring?

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Measles is a highly contagious airborne virus that is preventable with vaccination. 1-2 people out of every 1,000 who become infected with measles will die.

The first dose is administered at between 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at between 4 and 6 years of age.

A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.

The health department is identifying and contacting people who may have been exposed. "In a sense, we already saw that in 2018, but it looks like cases may pick up more in 2019".

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

"Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles", stated Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health.

Washington lawmakers, meanwhile, will hold a public hearing Friday on a bill that would remove the so-called "philosophical" exemption for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

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