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OR measles cases rises to 4 as Vancouver-area reaches 50

2019 Measles Outbreaks ABC NEWS2019 Measles Outbreaks
Celia Hoffman | 07 February, 2019, 19:24

The confirmed case of measles is in a child residing in Western Bell County.

A person can carry measles for up to two weeks before symptoms show.

While the majority of children in Donegal still receive the MMR vaccine, the numbers have been dropping slightly over the past few years. Four of the cases involve children under the age of 2, while the fifth involves a woman in her 30s, news station KHOU reported. If someone is immunized within 72 hours, they can often fight off illness.

Officials declined to say how old the person is or give any other identifying information, but they are contacting people who may have been exposed. That includes attending church by video feed and working with employers.

"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. One patient had received one dose of the MMR vaccine.

The vaccines include MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, and MMR-V, which also protects against the varicella-zoster virus, which causes chickenpox.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two doses of measles vaccine, one given at between 12 months and 15 months of age and one between ages 4 and 6.

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

Multnomah County officials have reported a steep uptick in vaccinations over this time a year ago. Three times as many people have gotten vaccinated in January - from 200 per day in 2018 to 600 per day in 2019.

"This outbreak has put people at real risk", said Ann Thomas, public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority.

The Clark County health department has stressed the dangers of measles, which is an extremely contagious, air-borne viral disease.

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