Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Measles outbreak could easily make its way to Montana

Tribune editorial Don’t fall for anti-vax scare campaigns Washington measles outbreak soars to 48 cases while other states grapple with the disease
Gustavo Carr | 05 February, 2019, 23:33

Outbreak became uncommon, and death from measles rarely happened.

She said there have been two cases of measles in 29 years in Auburn and both were not vaccinated. The reason, according to an article in the Hartford Courant, is that the majority of Connecticut's population has been vaccinated. Jackson County Health officials point out that there are NO cases of measles in the county at the moment. Yale-New Haven Hospital is treating the two infected patients.

A person with measles can spread the virus to others for about eight days, starting four days before the rash appears and ending when the rash has been present for four days. Older children and adults, even if they've never been vaccinated, may have developed natural immunity through previous infections.

The Idaho Statesman reports there is a measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, with at least 43 confirmed cases.

"If your child has received all the scheduled immunizations including the 12-to-15 month MMR vaccine and the vaccine between 4 and 6 years of age - for pre-kindergarten", Missoula Dr. Lauren Wilson explained. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws that require children entering child care or public schools to have certain vaccinations against communicable diseases.

Most of the time, as with other childhood viruses, people weather it fine, but there can be complications. Washington and NY, which has seen about 200 people infected with measles in recent months, are the only states with current outbreaks, the agency says. Another case in King County involved a man who had recently traveled to Clark County. The State Department of Health is providing support for impacted communities and health departments.

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Of those cases, 42 have been confirmed as being unimmunized, and six are unverified.

Also on Monday, Harris County confirmed three cases of the measles in their area.

"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County's health officer, said in a statement. Measles vaccine does not cause measles illness.

In all, at least 79 cases have been reported nationwide this year. As of 2000, measles was declared eliminated in the United States or no longer constantly present, though spot outbreaks occur.

Measles is so contagious, the virus can linger hours after an infected person has left the room.

There had been studies that show that parents consider HCPs as the most important source of information when deciding whether their child should be given a vaccine.