Public Health reports no new Clark County measles cases

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Public Health reports no new Clark County measles cases

The region's measles outbreak began in Clark County, Washington, where since January 1, health officials had confirmed 49 cases and suspected nine others as of Tuesday morning.

The health department said they are taking all precautionary measures to prevent the disease from spreading.

"In a given year, more measles cases can occur for any of the following reasons: an increase in the number of travelers who get measles overseas and bring it into the USA and/or further spread of measles in US communities with pockets of unvaccinated people", the CDC website says.

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The CDC recommends children get the vaccine, starting with the first dose at age 12 to 15 months, and the second dose at 4 to 6 years of age.

At least 50 confirmed cases in the northwest and health officials are anxious it could continue to rise.

The misinformation that has fueled the decline in vaccination rates, largely born from a debunked assertion that vaccines cause autism, seems to be as contagious as measles itself. Anti-vaccination paranoia is now a clear indication that our society has regressed.

Insinuations that vaccines are unsafe spread via misinformation and anecdotal reports of alleged vaccine reactions, either by unqualified professionals, the media, the internet and/or anti-vaccination groups, and this leads parents to question the need for immunization.

Measles is a potentially very serious, though extremely preventable viral infection which is usually spread from person to person. "What I see as a physician is that you would be neglecting the people you love the most". It will also add a rash and spots similar to chicken pox, but more severe cases can get to the brain and lungs, causing infections.

What's worse is there is no specific treatment for measles, Maldonado said. If you have the proper doses, then you will never get sick with measles. "That is when it becomes very risky". Hence, immunization remains one of the most important and cost-effective public health interventions to reduce child mortality and morbidity.

However, we deal with this problem again - especially in the US, Canada, and Europe, because people refuse to get vaccinated. Nationwide, the median exemption rate for at least one vaccine for children entering kindergarten in the 2017-2018 year was just over 2 percent.

Most of the time, as with other childhood viruses, people weather it fine, but there can be complications.

"People are feeling extremely oppressed and feeling like they can't make an educated decision", said Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the group.

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