Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Confirmed Measles Cases In Oregon

Confirmed Measles Cases In Oregon

"Getting vaccinated protects you as well as those who are unable to receive vaccines due to age or medical conditions", said Michelle Beall, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Brookshire Grocery Company. Measles can be transmitted to others from four days prior to four days after the rash appears.

In Harris County, two boys and a woman are being treated for measles. If someone is immunized within 72 hours, they can often fight off illness.

Denton County Public Health confirmed the case Wednesday and is working to identify and contact other people who may have been exposed. That includes attending church by video feed and working with employers. Officials say they had stayed at home and in contact with health officials.

In their letter, the PPS and PIDSP have also given a recommendation for individuals older than 12 months without a history of measles disease, not pregnant, with no immunocompromising conditions or allergic reaction to a previous dose of measles-containing vaccine.

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The CDC states measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. Before the vaccine was developed in 1963, there were 4 million cases of measles every year.

The vast majority of Vancouver-area cases were not vaccinated against the virus. The CDC notes that two doses of the MMR vaccine are 97 percent effective, while one dose is 93 percent effective. In 2013, 27 cases of measles were reported in Texas; 16 of the 27 confirmed cases were in Tarrant County, according to the DSHS. Measles vaccinations rose from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in January 2019.

Vaccinations, however, can weaken over time, so people may want to check with health care providers about their need to revaccinate. "It has also raised an awareness that measles could easily make a comeback, and the only way to prevent that is to get as many people vaccinated as possible".

The health department said they are taking all precautionary measures to prevent the disease from spreading.

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