Measles outbreak: 50 confirmed cases

Measles outbreak: 50 confirmed cases

Measles outbreak: 50 confirmed cases

OR health officials say three more measles cases have been confirmed in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland.

There are now no reported confirmed cases of measles in Yakima County. "We're hopeful and any time we see that there are no new exposure locations that's helpful", said Marissa Armstrong, spokeswoman for the Clark County Public Health.

This is the seventh confirmed case of measles in Texas in the past week.

Beckham said new cases of measles are becoming more common than before, saying the last time they had a confirmed case was previous year.

In Galveston County, the confirmed case is a boy between 1 and 2 years old who was tested January 28. Three more possible exposure sites were also identified in Vancouver, Washington, on Wednesday, leading to the possibility of more cases. One day without a new measles case might seem an indicator of hope the outbreak is over, but it unfortunately doesn't necessarily indicate the end. The announcements come as a measles outbreak hits the Pacific Northwest, where more than 50 cases have been confirmed.

Public health did note some likely immune groups, such as those born before 1957, those who are certain they have already had the disease and those up-to-date on vaccines - one dose for children up to four years old and two doses for those four and older.

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According to the Texas DSHS, "Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing". As a highly contagious infection, measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was for up to two hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get two doses in order to be fully protected: The first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.

The number of cases reported is "the highest this decade" the World Health Organization said in a statement noting the numbers are "3 times the total reported in 2017 and 15 times the record low number of people affected in 2016". Other symptoms include a high fever over 101 degrees, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

So far so good say health officials in Yakima.

The agency said it will continue working to improve vaccination rates.

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