Measles Cases Confirmed in Georgia Following Northwest Outbreak


Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, public health officials are working closely with school districts and healthcare providers to ensure students and staff are up to-date on their vaccines. The law passed in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the USA and into Canada. Unvaccinated people are at a much higher risk of contracting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") say the number of cases in the US has almost tripled in the a year ago.

"Now is a great time for all families to take action by reviewing their vaccination records and be sure that everyone is up to date and has completed the vaccination series for measles", health officials said. Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement.

Thirty-one of the Clark County cases are between the ages of 1 and 10; 10 are between 11 and 18; and one case is between 19 and 29. Effective treatments for people with measles are largely limited to drinking lots of fluids, rest, Vitamin A and over the counter pain relievers.

Health officials say groups with low vaccination rates are the most at risk. Washington now has a sufficient supply of MMR vaccine for children and adults; however, as the outbreak continues, vaccine supply may be affected.

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In Pinellas County, more than 2,400 students received a religious exemption for this school year, which breaks down to more than 2% of the overall student population. If exposed to the virus, anyone who is not immune is likely to get measles.

Thirty-one of the confirmed patients had not been vaccinated against measles. The newest case had one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before he or she has a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.

The CDC also says 81 people brought measles into the US from other countries last year-the greatest number of imported cases since the measles was eliminated from the 2000. Therefore, a massive measles outbreak in the U.S. got traction due to the anti-vaxxer movement.