Health district reports possible measles case in western Bell County


And, separate measles cases have been reported in 10 states so far this year.

"There's a reason why the World Health Organization and the CDC came out in the early 2000s to say that measles is nearly eradicated in the sense that, you know it pops up every once in a while". 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. Today, because of a widely available vaccine to prevent it, measles cases are a mere fraction of what they once were; an estimated 110,000 people died from measles in 2017. "We can't vaccinate pregnant women for measles, so we need to think about this before they become pregnant".

Washington state's measles outbreak continues to grow, with the number of confirmed cases now at 48. The department told the Associated Press that of those who were affected by the virus, none of them had been vaccinated. "The vaccine is a series of two shots and is more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles", said Dr. McDonald. Most people are going to be infectious before they even get the rash and because it's airborne the virus can linger for two hours. Serious complications include brain swelling that can cause blindness or deafness and pneumonia.

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Dr. Ricardo Maldonado, infectious disease specialist at East Alabama Medical Center, said the viral illness is very contagious and can be transmitted by coughing or sneezing, then coming into contact with another person. The most recent measles death in the United States occurred in 2015, according to the CDC.

However, there are 11 people who display symptoms of measles and are awaiting the results of blood work to confirm the diagnosis.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend that children get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12 to 15 months old and again at 4 to 6 years old.

"We make a lot of decisions in our life around parenting; unfortunately, this is one that not only impacts the decision you have made for your child but also impacts other children and persons around them", Sammons added. It is extremely important to have the child fully immunized as soon as possible. Consultants attribute the unfold of measles partially to decrease vaccination charges ensure communities, making extra individuals susceptible to the illness and reducing the extent of herd immunity that protects large teams from changing into infected.

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