OR measles cases rises to 4 as Vancouver-area reaches 50

OR measles cases rises to 4 as Vancouver-area reaches 50

In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone.

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.

Clark County Public Health has confirmed 49 cases of the measles, while King County has at least one confirmed case, CNN reported.

These global travelers then spread measles upon their return, which cause outbreaks in the USA.

Five cases of measles have been confirmed across Texas as an outbreak of the disease continues to grow in Washington state.

Measles is an airborne disease which is highly contagious but it is preventable.

All three cases are children who were not vaccinated or did not complete their vaccine series.

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Since measles is no longer endemic (constantly present) in the United States, how are these outbreaks occurring?

Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed up by flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread down throughout the body.

Officials say those people were in close contact with the only other person confirmed to have the measles in Multnomah County.

Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes. "In a sense, we already saw that in 2018, but it looks like cases may pick up more in 2019". People who have never received a measles vaccine are susceptible to the disease, which can be deadly.

The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for children because it protects against three potentially serious viral illnesses.

Statewide in Washington, orders for measles vaccine jumped about 30 percent in January compared with the same month a year ago, climbing from 12,140 doses to 15,780 doses, figures showed.

"We're hopeful and any time we see that there are no new exposure locations that's helpful", said Marissa Armstrong, spokeswoman for the Clark County Public Health.

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