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

  • State Health Department hasn't confirmed measles

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

It progresses to the telltale measles rash three to five days later, which breaks out all over the body and can be accompanied by fever spikes above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Clark County also listed 11 suspected cases of measles. "I would rather it not take an outbreak for this to happen", Alan Melnick, the Clark County health officer overseeing the response, told KHN. Anyone born since 1978 who is unsure if they have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine, such as MMR, should speak with their GP.

A case of measles was confirmed in Denton County on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to seven. The policy allows children to go to school without getting vaccinated, if their parents have a personal objection, but one state representative is pushing a measure eliminating the exemption, specifically for the measles vaccine. If someone is immunized within 72 hours, they can often fight off illness.

Officials said the recently diagnosed residents stayed home and limited contact with other people.

Measles is caused by the measles virus, which can be spread through the air by coughing or sneezing.

However, measles is highly contagious.

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Part of the challenge facing public health officials is that Canada doesn't have a national vaccination registry and provinces track vaccine rates differently, meaning it can be hard to get an accurate, real-time sense of how many people are up-to-date on their shots - and where pockets of low immunization are.

The vast majority of Vancouver-area cases were not vaccinated against the virus.

The percentage of children receiving the first dose of the vaccine also increased, to 95%. In Washington state, permissive vaccination rules are being blamed for the outbreak.

On Wednesday, officials sent letters to families of 5,000 children in Multnomah County, telling them they'll be excluded from school if they don't have up-to-date immunizations or valid exemptions by February 20.

To further limit the spread of the virus, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before visiting a hospital or doctor's office. It is 99% effective at preventing measles infection.