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Washington measles outbreak climbs while other states grapple with the disease

Washington measles outbreak climbs while other states grapple with the disease

Dr. Eric McDonald is the director of immunization and epidemiology at San Diego County Health and Human Services and is urging San Diegans who have not had their measles vaccine to get it.

Five cases of measles have been confirmed across Texas as an outbreak of the disease continues to grow in Washington state. Nevertheless, let us wait for the official 2018 FHSIS report from the DOH and hope for better results. Forty-one of them had not been vaccinated against the disease.

The only details about the three infected individuals that have been released is that two are young boys under the age of 2 and the third is a woman between the ages of 25 and 35 years old. Along with Washington and NY, at least seven other states - Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Colorado, California and Georgia - have reported measles cases this year. "However, it is easily preventable".

"The anti-vaccine movement is becoming more common where parents want to raise their children in a natural way, but what they are doing is leaving their child open to diseases", Maldonado said. In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone.

NY has also seen an outbreak that started in the fall of 2018 and has continued into 2019.

Washington isn't the only state grappling with a disease. If a person with measles is in a room and simply coughs, a person that is in the same room and it is not vaccinated, can get the virus from the droplets in the air.

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In 2017, about 85% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday - up from 72% in 2000, according to WHO, which calculates that for the period from 2000 to 2017, vaccination prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths due to measles.

"The less that children are vaccinated, it makes a community more susceptible", she said.

There is another possible complication that can occur seven to 10 years after infection, more commonly when people get the infection as infants. There are large measles outbreaks ongoing in both of those countries.

The airborne disease is very infectious and can cause serious illness.

The CDC recommends children get the vaccine, starting with the first dose at age 12 to 15 months, and the second dose at 4 to 6 years of age.

Last week, 9 children died within a day due to measles, De Guzman added. If left untreated, encephalitis, a potentially fatal inflammation of the brain, can develop. Many health-care professionals (HCPs), such as doctors, in the public health sector fear that the previous year might be the lowest FIC rate in a decade.