DPH: Case of measles found in New Haven County adult

DPH: Case of measles found in New Haven County adult

DPH: Case of measles found in New Haven County adult

There are another nine suspected cases.

According to DPH, three cases were confirmed in 2018.

So why the emergency declaration?

Every time an unvaccinated person who has been exposed to measles goes out in public, "it starts that clock over again", Armstrong said. The measles virus is transmitted by air very easily, and people are contagious several days before they show any symptoms.

People may have been exposed to the disease at about four dozen locations, including Portland International Airport and a Portland Trail Blazers game, county health officials said.

He warned that parents who decide not to vaccinate their children are underestimating the dangers of the measles, the AP reported.

Virginia does allow vaccine exemptions for religious and medical reasons. In two cases the infection was acquired during travel out of Canada (India and Philippines, respectively), and four from imported cases.

Clark County Public Health has identified 35 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases since January 1, when it first began investigating the outbreak. So far, just one adult in the area has caught the disease. "Vaccination is the only effective preventive measure against measles". In the remaining cases, authorities had not yet verified their immunization status.

What is clear to experts is that not being vaccinated is what put those people at risk - and what allowed the measles to spread. The measles vaccine is available as a combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and is available from your local health unit, family doctor, and many pharmacists. In Clark County, where 35 cases have been reported, 31 were not immunized. Unfortunately, it can quickly establish itself again in communities where vaccination rates are low - such as certain segments of Humboldt County.

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But there has been a recent rise in unvaccinated children. Public health officials are focused for now on preventing more exposures. "It's still out there, even though it's been debunked, that the measles vaccine results in autism".

Children under the age of one can not be immunized.

But the vaccine is less effective in those under a year old and is generally not given to infants.

A lot of kids who can't be vaccinated are now at risk.


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But children who are immunocompromised - like those who are on steroids or who are undergoing chemotherapy, for example - are also unable to be vaccinated.

"The bottom line is, there's no surprise we're seeing this right now", Melnick said. "They're not going to be protected". Although it's not clear where he became infected, the man said he'd recently traveled to Clark County.

The first vaccine gives you a 93 percent protection against the measles and the second dose raises the effectiveness to 97 percent.

Swanson worries that sometimes the media coverage about measles outbreaks makes it seem there is a nationwide crisis over vaccination, but that's not true. Not to mention they also were at a Costco, an Ikea, a Dollar Store and more, according to Clark County Public Health. It is paramount that no more people get infected and that the outbreak is contained.

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