Measles outbreak could easily make its way to Montana

Measles outbreak could easily make its way to Montana

Since January 1, Clark County Public Health has confirmed 49 cases of measles.

Five measles cases were reported in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston country earlier this week.

Measles is a potentially very serious, though extremely preventable viral infection which is usually spread from person to person. Anyone who has signs or symptoms of measles should contact their healthcare provider. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, and is followed by a blotchy rash. One patient received a vaccination against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), but the health agency declined to provide more details on that case "to protect the patient's privacy". All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws that require children entering child care or public schools to have certain vaccinations against communicable diseases. In the United States, we helped develop content for a new mobile app created to give moms high-quality information about vaccines tailored to their attitudes and beliefs about vaccination. Most children in the U.S. are vaccinated, with 91% of 19-to-35 month-olds having at least one dose and about 94% of those entering kindergarten having two doses.

Doctors say a big reason for measles spreading is the rate which patients are not getting the vaccine. "We still have suspect cases with tests pending, so we're not totally in the clear". "So when you think about parents bringing their children in for immunizations, it's not a disease that looms large in your memory".

The most widely known symptom is he rash which usually develops at around four days after the first symptoms. In its new year message for 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) cited vaccine hesitancy as one of the world's top 10 global health threats, alongside air pollution and climate change, noncommunicable diseases, global influenza pandemic, and dengue, among others.

As concerning as measles outbreaks are, she also reminds parents that many other viruses are far more common.

Measles is so contagious, the virus can linger hours after an infected person has left the room.

Cindy Lesinger, immunization division director, Alabama Department of Public Health, said without a doubt that everybody should be vaccinated. "They are miserable and very sick-appearing", she said. Since then, numerous studies have proven the effectiveness and safety of the MMR vaccine. Between 1985 and 1992, death from measles was reported in approximately 2 out of every 1,000 United States measles cases, with pneumonia accounting for about 60% of these deaths, according to the CDC.

It's time for the majority of parents to trust the OR, national and worldwide scientific communities and get their kids immunized.

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