Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Three Georgia Measles Cases

Three Georgia Measles Cases

More than a half-dozen more cases are suspected, and people who were exposed to the disease traveled to Hawaii and Bend, Oregon, raising the possibility of more diagnoses in the unvaccinated. There are four cases with unverified vaccination records, and 37 people who are unimmunized. Health officials say 41 of the cases are in Clark County, with the remaining case coming from King County. In recent years, however, the viral illness has popped up again from NY to California and sickened hundreds.

Idaho schools keep track of students' vaccination status, and parents can file an exemption if they choose not to get their kids immunized or their child can't get vaccines for medical reasons.

A public health emergency is unfolding in the Pacific Northwest, and it was totally preventable. After being eradicated in the states, outbreaks of the measles have begun to pop back up, especially in areas where the overall vaccination rate is lower than it's been in the past. One to three of every 1,000 cases is fatal.

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

People who believe they have these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and avoid contact with other people to void the illness from spreading further.

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This is the first case in the outbreak confirmed to have had an MMR vaccination. Of these, approximately 500,000 cases were reported each year to CDC; of these, 400 to 500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 1,000 developed encephalitis (brain swelling) from measles.

Measles is easily spread when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.

During an October debate against Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler, Brown said "we probably give parents a little too much leeway". Don't go to school, work, to the store or to other people's homes. The agency said that one dose of the vaccine is about 93 percent effective at prevention, two doses raise the efficacy to 97 percent.

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

"What a lot of people don't realize is that it's one of the most contagious viruses we've ever known. I'm just so scared", she said.

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