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NY has additionally seen an outbreak that began within the fall of 2018 and has continued into 2019. Already in 2019, we're on our way to our sixth case in Texas. Clark County officials said that a majority of the patients affected, 41, were not vaccinated.

Measles was considered eradicated in the U.S.in 2000, as a result of immunization, but over the last few years more and more cases have been reported in Texas and other states.

Davis said you should stay at home and call the doctor instead to avoid spreading it to others if you do have it. Davis wants to reassure people in the community that if there is a confirmed case in Lane County, they will hear about it immediately from Lane County Health and Human Services.

Measles is a highly contagious airborne virus that is preventable with vaccination. The WHO (World Health Organization) in November stated that measles cases globally had jumped over 30% in 2017 correlated to the prior year, in part due to children not being immunized. According to the CDC, the current outbreaks (defined as three or more cases) are concentrated in Washington State, New York State, and New York City.

Three cases were reported in Harris County and one case was reported in Bell, Galveston and Montgomery counties. Yet one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the CDC.

Measles symptoms include a fever, a dry cough, a runny nose, a sore throat and inflamed eyes.

Measles is highly contagious, and if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they have not yet vaccinated, officials said.

Vaccination is the key to measles prevention. The second vaccine is given when the child is between 4 and 6 years of age.

"However, in these situations, it is hard to determine whether the rash is a benign vaccine reaction or measles illness", the department states, so they are treating those cases as confirmed and releasing exposure times and places for them.


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