Measles Cases Confirmed In Washington State

Mike Hess 5 right and Ranoy Hess 8 look with fascination at a jet injector as it gets loaded

Mike Hess 5 right and Ranoy Hess 8 look with fascination at a jet injector as it gets loaded

Reports that some people are self-medicating with vitamin A have also surfaced, leading the Washington State Department of Health to warn in a tweet that vitamin A has no effect on measles and that "the only way to avoid getting measles is to be vaccinated against it".

Early symptoms include a fever, runny nose and malaise, followed by a rash that starts around the head and moves down the body.

The highly contagious virus spreads through the air and can linger for up to two hours in an isolated space. By definition, a "Fully Immunized Child" (FIC) is an infant who has "received one dose of BCG, three doses each of OPV, DPT, and Hepatitis B vaccines, and one dose of measles vaccine before reaching one year of age".

Supplements of vitamin A, which supports the immune system and the eyes, have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50%, World Health Organization reports.

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.

When it comes to unvaccinated people, one with measles can infect from 12 to 18 others.

The Vancouver-area measles outbreak began January 1 and stands at 49 confirmed cases and 11 suspect cases. Nationwide, the median exemption rate for at least one vaccine for children entering kindergarten in the 2017-2018 year was just over 2 percent.

Goforth is a registered nurse with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, she said there are no reported cases locally, but the risk is a possibility if people are not vaccinated. "SSPE has been almost eliminated with widespread measles vaccination".

People may have been exposed to the risky disease at more than three dozen locations, many in neighboring OR, such as Portland International Airport and the Moda Center, home to the Portland Trail Blazers.

"For San Lazaro alone, we have seen a very huge jump for the number of measles cases", De Guzman said.

Measles infections go in 21-day cycles. Majority were children under 5.

It is not clear where the King County patient became infected, but he did report having traveled to Vancouver, the seat of Clark County, before his diagnosis, health officials have said. The first dose of the measles vaccine is 93 percent effective. However, there are still means to regain the momentum to continue and strongly support the routine immunization of children to protect them from acquiring vaccine-preventable diseases.

But physicians and researchers have known for decades now that the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is safe and effective.

Children typically receive the first vaccine at 1 year to 15 months old, and the second dose at 4 to 6 years.

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