Washington State Reports More Measles Cases

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Clark County Public Health has confirmed 49 cases of the measles, while King County has at least one confirmed case, CNN reported. The mother of a 39-year-old physician, Dr. Kendrick Gotoc, who was inoculated by the vaccine three times prior to his death on April 22, 2018, filed cases of obstruction of justice, reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, torture, and violation of the Consumer Act against Health Secretary Francisco Duque, former DoH chief Janette Garin, and 37 others.

Children traveling overseas may need to be vaccinated before their first birthday, and women who are hoping to become pregnant should discuss vaccinations with their health care provider, as the MMR vaccine is not recommended during pregnancy.

Local health officials in Hamilton County say as long as people are not getting vaccinated the potential spread is possible. Approximately 30 percent of reported cases have one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections or diarrhea. And the measles virus is one of the most infectious diseases out there.

The health department is encouraging anyone who may have symptoms of measles to contact your doctor.

Other symptoms include a cough and rashes all over the body.

There has also been one confirmed measles case in Multnomah County linked to the Clark County outbreak.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

How do you catch measles? Most children in the United States 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. However, vaccine rates started to decline shortly after due to a fabricated study stating a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination and autism. "We still have suspect cases with tests pending, so we're not totally in the clear".

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Early on, measles can look like many other viral illnesses, but the red blotchy rash that comes with it may help set it apart.

A number of specific details about the cases in Houston have not been publicly disclosed, including how it is believed that the individuals contracted the disease and if they were previously vaccinated.

Both vaccines are typically given in two doses to young children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That is why you need to get vaccinated.

Measles is highly contagious. The outbreak in Clark County has been concentrated mostly among unvaccinated children.

Cindy Lesinger, immunization division director, Alabama Department of Public Health, said without a doubt that everybody should be vaccinated.

There are many factors at play: distrust in modern medicine and in government; fear of side effects; worldwide travel, which brings diseases from one nation to another through the ease of an airplane flight; poor immunization infrastructure in lower- and middle-income countries; a misguided feeling that vaccines are worse than the diseases themselves.

"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director.

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