Recent outbreak brings rash of tips to combat spread of measles

Recent outbreak brings rash of tips to combat spread of measles

Recent outbreak brings rash of tips to combat spread of measles

"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Public Health director, said in a news release.

So, how is it that a disease that's been declared eradicated in the u.S.

Clark County Public Health says there are now 13 additional suspected cases.

In New York, health officials have seen more than 200 cases since October.

Chelan-Douglas Health District Officials are emphasizing that unimmunized students and staff will only be excluded if there are measles cases in the area.

"Vaccines are really the only effective treatment", said Dr. Nathan Schlicher at St. Joseph Medical Center's Emergency Services Department. A recent outbreak happened in Washington State.

Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, the District is trying to be preemptive.

Opposition to vaccines is generally based on junk science that has been endorsed by celebrities like Jenny McCarthy who, with Oprah's help, falsely hinted that there may be something risky about the measles vaccine.

The main people at risk in the current outbreak are those lacking immunity, which is achieved by being vaccinated or by having had the measles disease itself. Washington now has a sufficient supply of MMR vaccine for children and adults; however, as the outbreak continues, vaccine supply may be affected.

Officials say the vast majority of people who have been infected are likely children of parents who decided not to have them vaccinated.

Recognize the symptoms. Early signs of measles resemble those of a cold or the flu: a runny nose, cough, fever, red eyes and sore throat tend to appear before the telltale rash begins to spread.

About 1 child out of every 1,000 who gets measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or with intellectual disability.

The very best protection against the disease is to get the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash", explained Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the United States died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said.

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