Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Measles cases reported in several Houston-area communities

The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. to warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak Jan. 30 2019 Gillian Flaccus AP FILE
Celia Hoffman | 07 February, 2019, 06:53

The CDC says there have been 79 cases of measles so far this year in the states that reported data, and it's only February.

Children should receive measles vaccination via one dose of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) between twelve to fifteen months of age, and another dose prior to entering school, between four to six years of age.

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 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.

Clark County Public Health has been regularly updating its list of locations where people may have been exposed to measles. That includes attending church by video feed and working with employers.

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"Before the measles vaccine, we had an increase in measles, and then, when the measles vaccine was created, it started getting more and more people vaccinated", Beckham said.

Infectious people were at Costco, the airport, a Blazers game and other sites.

Two doses are 97 percent effective, and public health officials in Washington recommend that everyone who is unvaccinated or only received one get both shots to avoid contracting measles.

Multnomah County officials have reported a steep uptick in vaccinations over this time a year ago. "Unfortunately, people think that measles is just a rash and fever but measles can cause serious health concerns, especially in young children, and is highly contagious". Measles vaccinations rose from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in January 2019.

The three individuals involved in the new cases were in close contact with the first Multnomah County resident who tested positive for measles January 25, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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