Possible measles case reported in Bell County

06 February, 2019, 11:35 | Author: Sue Riley
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But along with causing those symptoms, measles can also lead to death, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the time, OR had the seventh-lowest rate in the nation.

The case involves a child in western Bell County who was either not vaccinated or had not completed the vaccine series.

Anti-vaccination hot spots have been developing for several years. Washington's exemption rate, although lower, is also high when compared with other states.

The best defence against this virus is the MMR vaccine introduced in Ireland in 1988. If someone had, today we'd have headlines about outbreaks of polio in some nearby community, and editorials like this one asking people to please, please get their kids immunized against polio.

"If you think you or someone in your family has measles, you should call your doctor's office and check in before leaving your home, try to stay away from public places", Dr. Wilson said. Please don't give measles to babies. If the goal of government is to protect the life and liberty of its citizens, why can't our lawmakers guarantee that our children survive childhood to have the opportunity to experience that freedom? It's about people who don't believe the scientists making decisions for other people's children. Most children in the United States are vaccinated, with 91% of 19-to-35 month-olds having at least one dose and about 94% of those entering kindergarten having two doses.

The Central District Health Department says symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes, sore throat, runny nose and a rash that can spread over the body.

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"Measles is one of the most highly contagious diseases known", Sammons said. On rare occasions, the virus causes encephalitis (a brain infection). Dahl's eldest daughter, Olivia, had died from measles 24 years earlier, when there was no vaccine. "If it gets more severe, you are basically at the mercy of the virus".

The measles virus is very infectious.

Two doses of the measles vaccine protect against measles in 97% of cases, according to the CDC.

Experts recommend that children receive the vaccine in two doses: the first between the ages of 12 months and 15 months and the second between 4 and 6 years old.

The rest are pre-teens and teenagers except for two adults. The danger is such that the World Health Organization felt it necessary to rank vaccine hesitancy - a reluctance or outright refusal to be vaccinated - as one of the 10 biggest threats to global health in 2019.

OR state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat and family physician, dropped an attempt to revoke the state's non-medical exemption in 2015 after virulent opposition.

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