Measles Case in Pacific Northwest Outbreak at 49

Measles Case in Pacific Northwest Outbreak at 49

One patient received a vaccination against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), but the health agency declined to provide more details on that case "to protect the patient's privacy". "Most children start that at the age of one and it's a two-shot series", said Sharon Goforth. 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.

He's among the many doctors that notes that measles may be the most highly contagious disease we know of. Between 1985 and 1992, death from measles was reported in approximately 2 out of every 1,000 U.S. measles cases, with pneumonia accounting for about 60% of these deaths, according to the CDC.

A possible measles case was reported in a child in western Bell County, according to the Bell County Public Health District.

Dr. McDonald said people most at risk besides non-immunized children are those who work in the healthcare field and people who travel internationally regularly.

This year, Washington state is averaging more than one new measles case a day as officials try to stop the disease's spread.

Anyone with questions about their measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider.

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"We should all be anxious when a vaccine-preventable illness is coming back into our country", Sammons said.

Geoff Pursinger, editor of our sister publication, the Hillsboro Tribune, recently tweeted a photo of his weeks-old daughter with the caption, "As an incentive to vaccinate, here's a picture of the cute baby you'd be giving measles to". One victim had had one MMR vaccine, but not a follow-up shot.

The report also indicated that around 70 percent of children age 13 to 17 were vaccinated against four common strains of meningococcal disease.

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. If you have the proper doses, then you will never get sick with measles.

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

The staggering number of children suffering from and dying from the current measles outbreak in this country is reprehensible ("Officials urge vaccinations amid Northwest measles outbreak", Web, Jan. 28). In the United States, we helped develop content for a new mobile app created to give moms high-quality information about vaccines tailored to their attitudes and beliefs about vaccination.

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