Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Confirmed Measles Cases In Oregon

Confirmed Measles Cases In Oregon

Three new cases of measles were confirmed by health officials in Houston on Monday, making it the latest city to have the once-eliminated disease appear in recent weeks.

Unfortunately, children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had 1 dose of MMR vaccine are more likely to become infected, says the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get two doses in order to be fully protected. The agency says worldwide travelers returning from Israel and Ukraine-where large outbreaks recently occurred-appear to be spreading the measles in the United States. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune.

The CDC states measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. "Parents and caregivers have the power to protect their children and themselves from this disease by getting vaccinated".

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Demand for measles vaccine has surged in the Washington county where the highly contagious virus is linked to more than 50 confirmed illnesses this year - including among people who had previously shunned the shots. Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Anyone who believes they have measles should contact their health care provider as soon as possible.

In 2018, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 diagnosed cases of measles in the U.S.

And, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization and other news sources reported significant increases in measles cases during the week ending February 2, 2019. A year ago was the highest number of cases since 2014, which had ten reported cases.

The Oregon Health Authority reported that the number of measles vaccines in the last week of January tripled in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties).

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