What's going on with the latest measles outbreak?

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																	Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren’t vaccinated now have the measles					
								
			
	
		Mike Wehner

Science Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren’t vaccinated now have the measles Mike Wehner

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is outlining the scope of the outbreak, and detailing what can be done to stop it in its tracks.

More information on vaccination numbers across the state can be found on the Florida Health website.

Washington state's measles outbreak now stands at 42 confirmed cases. At least 44 people in southwest Washington's Clark County and in and around Portland, Ore., have been infected with measles during the past couple of weeks. Thirteen additional suspected cases were reported Wednesday, and some of those will likely be confirmed, Dr Melnick said.

Officials still are not sure where the Northwest outbreak began. The first patient sought medical care on December 31, but other sick people may not have gone to a doctor or hospital, he said.

There have not been many recent cases on the east coast, but a LewisGale pediatrician says the risk exists for communities who don't immunize.

'So it's like taking a lighted match and throwing it into a bucket of gasoline, basically, ' he said.

There is now a measles outbreak that started in Washington and has made its way to OR, and anti-vaxxers are the sole cause of this retro death threat. Meanwhile, two confirmed cases of the disease in Hawaii are being blamed on unvaccinated Washington children who visited the island recently. They have since returned home. However, since there have not been any confirmed cases in Chelan or Douglas County, students and staff are not now being excluded from school or child care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") say the number of cases in the US has almost tripled in the a year ago.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed measles in three residents of the metro Atlanta area. Vaccination is a fool-proof method to curb the spread of measles.

The good news for Treasure Valley parents is that local schools have pretty high rates of children being up-to-date on their MMR shots. But it is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.

Since then, widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99 percent reduction in measles cases compared with the pre-vaccine era. Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the USA died of the measles every year.

Anti-vaxxers movement has already been included as one of the major health threats in 2019 by the WHO.

The Central District Health Department noted that symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes, sore throat, runny nose and a rash that can spread over the body.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that usually lasts from seven to 10 days.

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