U.S. measles outbreak could be prevented

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The outbreak is likely to grow despite health officials best efforts "because of how contagious the measles virus is".

Before the measles vaccination program started in 1963, more than three million people got measles each year in the United States - of those, more than 400 died.

But with the health emergency just a auto ride away in Washington, doctors anticipate someone in Montana will get sick before the outbreak is over. "Most children start that at the age of one and it's a two-shot series", said Sharon Goforth. Most people are going to be infectious before they even get the rash and because it's airborne the virus can linger for two hours. More measles information can be found at a Centers for Disease Control website. 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.

Just watch the (reputable) news: Measles is making a disturbing resurgence, with Washington state and NY experiencing the worst outbreaks in decades (there are almost 50 confirmed cases in Washington and more than 200 in New York). It's followed by a rash that spreads over the body.

Though once extremely widespread, measles has been all but eradicated in Ireland due to the widespread adoption of the MMR vaccine.

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"We should all be anxious when a vaccine-preventable illness is coming back into our country", Sammons said. Consultants attribute the unfold of measles partially to decrease vaccination charges ensure communities, making extra individuals susceptible to the illness and reducing the extent of herd immunity that protects large teams from changing into infected.

"Being victims of our own success with the vaccine, we haven't seen it", Sammons said.

Though Washington State is thousands of miles away, it doesn't mean health officials locally are taking the situation lightly.

We spoke with Pediatric Medical Director Lauren Wilson with Inpatient Pediatrics at Community Medical Center about how parents can confirm their children are properly vaccinated. Two doses of the vaccine are about 97 percent effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93 percent effective. And that's just one vaccine-preventable disease. She can talk about the importance of vaccinations, vaccination rates, the impact of not getting a child vaccinated, the importance of booster shots and keeping one's vaccinations up to date. Vaccination resulted in an 80% drop in worldwide measles deaths between 2000 and 2017.

A child who received only one dose of the measles vaccine is the newest person diagnosed with the disease, according to a Friday update from Clark County Public Health.

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