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Number Of Rockland Measles Cases Increases As Bill Is Introduced Regarding Vaccines

02 February 2019, 07:15 | Randall Craig

Number Of Rockland Measles Cases Increases As Bill Is Introduced Regarding Vaccines

Number Of Rockland Measles Cases Increases As Bill Is Introduced Regarding Vaccines

Unvaccinated people are at a much higher risk of contracting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

About one in four people end up hospitalized from the measles. A recent outbreak happened in Washington State.

"Measles is airborne and highly contagious, so if you aren't vaccinated and you're exposed to somebody who has measles, you'll most likely get them", Howell said. Although rubella was declared eliminated from the U.S.in 2004, cases can occur when unvaccinated people are exposed to infected people, mostly through worldwide travel.

Public health officials said Wednesday that 38 cases are in southwest Washington state, one is outside Portland, Oregon, and one is in Seattle.

Clark County Public Health says there are now 13 additional suspected cases.




Meanwhile, three cases have been confirmed in Georgia among an unvaccinated family. The first patient sought medical care on December 31, but other sick people may not have gone to a doctor or hospital, he said. In addition, two people fell ill in Hawaii, having travelled from Washington, where they were infected.

Surrounding counties also have more than 90 percent of their school-age children protected from the measles.

In short, a harsh measles outbreak hit the United States this year, and the main reason why the virus spread so fast across the young populations is the anti-vaxxer movement which considers vaccines as harmful for children. The agency said that one dose of the vaccine is about 93 percent effective at prevention, two doses raise the efficacy to 97 percent.

Smith has an appointment to get her son vaccinated as soon as he's eligible - the day after he turns 1.

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. And the worst part of the measles outbreak would be that this virus is deadly for the majority of newborns and individuals with a weak immune system. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash", explained Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.



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