Washington measles outbreak climbs while other states grapple with the disease

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Washington measles outbreak soars to 48 cases while other states grapple with the disease

"For San Lazaro alone, we have seen a very huge jump for the number of measles cases", De Guzman said. Clark County Public Health says they are not releasing that person's identity in order to protect their privacy. The reason, according to an article in the Hartford Courant, is that the majority of Connecticut's population has been vaccinated.

It could be just a matter of time before the public health emergency over measles in Washington state affects Montana. Yale-New Haven Hospital is treating the two infected patients.

We spoke with Pediatric Medical Director Lauren Wilson with Inpatient Pediatrics at Community Medical Center about how parents can confirm their children are properly vaccinated.

State officials say Washington is experiencing an outbreak of measles in Clark County (41 current confirmed cases), with spread to King County and Multnomah County in Oregon. One victim had had one MMR vaccine, but not a follow-up shot. However, vaccine rates started to decline shortly after due to a fabricated study stating a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination and autism. Two does are about 97 percent effective. At least 34 people affected are children between 1 and 10.

At least eight other states have reported measles cases this year. Before 1963, in the USA, before a vaccine was introduced, about 500 people died every year.

CT reported three measles cases in 2018.

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Children who are deficient in vitamin A are at higher risk for severe complications from measles if they get the disease, but most children in the USA receive sufficient amounts in their diet.

The Central District Health Department says symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes, sore throat, runny nose and a rash that can spread over the body. Then, families travel to other countries where the virus is more common, and since they are unprotected, they bring the virus back to the U.S. This is when outbreaks occur.

He's among the many doctors that notes that measles may be the most highly contagious disease we know of. The most important thing is that we keep every child, every family, and every community safe. Disrupted health services, including routine vaccinations, along with overcrowding in residential camps increases the risk of infection.

In 2017, about 85% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday - up from 72% in 2000, according to WHO, which calculates that for the period from 2000 to 2017, vaccination prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths due to measles.

Children should get the vaccine twice- once between 12 and 15 months old and the other from four to six years old.

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