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One Case Of Measles Confirmed In Champaign County

One Case Of Measles Confirmed In Champaign County

Public health officials say the patient was admitted to the emergency room January 19, and tests confirmed Wednesday that the patient had the infection.

Cases have now been confirmed in OR as well.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is warning the public after measles outbreaks in areas of Washington State in the U.S. However, some of the people infected with the virus have visited public places like the Portland International Airport, and Washington Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist says the outbreak is expected to move across the state.

The measles vaccine is available at local clinics and pharmacies as a combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Measles is highly contagious and can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. As of yesterday, there are 25 confirmed cases in Clark County and one confirmed case in King County.

Officials still are not sure where this Pacific Northwest outbreak began. Present outbreaks in the U.S. include the outbreak in Washington state as well as an outbreak among the Orthodox Jewish community in NY.

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So far, Clark County Public Health has found that 20 of those with the disease had not been immunized. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it is unknown if others were sick before that and chose not to seek treatment. "Because measles is contagious before people realize they are sick, those who are not vaccinated may spread the disease without knowing".

The health department says the single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. It still causes around 110 000 deaths each year, namely in Africa and Asia, despite being preventable through a highly effective vaccination developed back in 1963.

Many of these objections stem from the anti-vaccine movement, recently declared one of the biggest threats to humanity by the World Health Organization.

The outbreak is in an anti-vaccination hotspot near Portland, Ore., according to CBS News.

Obtained two doses of the measles vaccine and you're in grades K-12 OR a grownup who can be in a setting that poses an excessive-danger for measles transmission, together with students at post-high school training establishments, healthcare personnel, and worldwide vacationers.

Both Washington and OR allow vaccine exemptions for personal and philosophical reasons. It can remain in the air for up to two hours in an isolated space. He also urged people who have not received the vaccine to get it now. The virus can lead to pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain).


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