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The anti-vax movement's role in the latest measles outbreak

Anti-vaxx mom asks how to protect her son from measles outbreak. The internet delivered Anti-vaxx mom asks how to protect her son from measles outbreak. The internet
Celia Hoffman | 02 February, 2019, 01:40

East Wenatchee, WA - Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, public health officials are working closely with school districts and healthcare providers throughout Chelan and Douglas County to ensure students and staff are up-to-date on their vaccines.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed measles in three residents of the metro Atlanta area.

"Americans who travel overseas might be surprised to find out that a number of the countries where measles is being transmitted are countries that would be surprising to them", Dr. Nancy Messonnier the director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said.

Thus far, Brazil has reported most of the imported measles cases during 2018.

Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, well below the level necessary to protect those with compromised immune systems or who can't get vaccinated because of medical issues or because they are too young. People who have been vaccinated against measles face little threat from the disease.

The revelation of the outbreak's spread 'raises concerns that this can go on for a long time, become geographically larger than it is and more cases over weeks and months, ' said Dr Alan Melnick, public health director for Clark County, in southern Washington, which is at the epicenter of the outbreak and has a lower-than-normal vaccination rate.

The measles outbreak in Washington state is spreading, and now there are at least nine states with cases.

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People may have been exposed to the disease at about four dozen locations, including Portland International Airport and a Portland Trail Blazers game, officials said.

Signss posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Washington warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak that has sickened 40 people in the Pacific Northwest and has spread to Hawaii and Oregon.

Health officials traced the outbreak in Washington to an unvaccinated worldwide traveler.

The vaccine has been part of routine childhood shots for decades, and measles was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000.

But the vaccine is less effective in those under a year old which is why it is generally not given to infants.

Smith has an appointment to get her son vaccinated as soon as he's eligible - the day after he turns 1. Symptoms can start like any other really bad cold: "a cough, runny nose, not feeling very well, red eyes", he says.

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