State Health Department hasn't confirmed measles "patient zero"

State Health Department hasn't confirmed measles

As the count of people with measles climbs toward 50, Clark County Public Health announced a short reprieve.

One case of measles has been confirmed in Denton County raising the statewide total to seven, according to health officials.

Graham did say the State Health Department has confirmed that every Washington case of measles since the first confirmed case has matched the same wild strain of measles the first case had. If you think you might be infected, the safest thing to do is stay in your room because of the highly contagious nature of the disease.

Vaccination rates in Clark County and throughout the state have gone up since the outbreak was first reported.

Someone in Denton County has come down with the measles.

The rush to receive the MMR vaccine - which inoculates the recipient from measles, mumps and rubella - in Clark County is especially striking because the county has an unusually low vaccination rate. There are now 3 suspected cases in individuals who received the vaccine more than 72 hours after exposure. The number of USA children who have not been vaccinated for preventable diseases quadrupled between 2001 and 2018, according to the CDC.

The case is the seventh in Texas in recent days.

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Advocates on both sides of the childhood vaccines debate are expected to attend.

The surge in measles cases in 2018 followed a year in which the European Region achieved its highest ever estimated coverage for the second dose of measles vaccination (90% in 2017). Health officials are not providing information about this individual in order to protect their privacy.

"State and local health officials now need to work with their state legislatures to close the loopholes that allow non-medical exemptions for reasons of personal belief, as was done previously in California", said the study's lead author, Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, in a previous interview with Contagion.

"These outbreaks are associated with travelers who brought measles back from Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks are occurring", the CDC says.

The "anti-vaxxers" movement still thrives in many pockets of the United States. "The recommended 2 doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection-97%".

Heidi Larson, a specialist in vaccines and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the increase in cases was a "wake-up call on the importance of building confidence in vaccination".

Adult vaccination numbers in the county also rose.

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