Number Of Rockland Measles Cases Increases As Bill Is Introduced Regarding Vaccines

Cheryl Sanders
February 3, 2019

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.

Two cases of measles were confirmed January 13, 2019 and the third measles case was confirmed January 26. Of the 41 confirmed cases, 37 are people who were not immunized and four are unverified.

Health officials in Washington state have declared a state of emergency over the measles.

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"Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected, but there are pockets of people within communities that have low immunizations rates", public health officials said. Five cases' immunization statuses are unverified and one case was vaccinated - though with only one of the recommended two doses. There have also been three reported cases in Atlanta.

In New York, they've had more than 200 cases since October.

The vaccine has been part of routine childhood shots for decades, and measles was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000.

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Nearly everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus. But it is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.

Thirty-one of the confirmed patients had not been vaccinated against measles. Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement.

But the vaccine is less effective in those under a year old and is generally not given to infants. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions". Unvaccinated people are at a much higher risk of contracting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious. That's a real and even deadly threat not just to kids whose parents oppose vaccinations, but also to kids who for valid medical reasons can't be vaccinated and for babies who are too young to be inoculated.

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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.

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