The anti-vaxx movement's role in the latest measles outbreak

Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren't vaccinated now have the measles

Health officials said groups with low vaccination rates are most at risk. "We have no measles cases associated with this outbreak and we have no measles at all".

A measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest became more worrisome on Wednesday with word that people infected with the extremely contagious viral illness travelled to Hawaii and central OR after being exposed.

"Even though the CDC bureaus declared measles as 'eradicated" in the 2000s, a new measles outbreak hit the United States, proving that there's nothing eliminated regarding the measles virus.

Clark County officials say they now have 38 confirmed cases and 13 suspected cases.

Officials haven't yet determined how the measles outbreak started. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it isn't known if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment.

Herd immunity is a level of vaccination at which people who can't safely get vaccines (because they have HIV, cancer, or other conditions which make their immune systems more fragile) are protected.

MI has not been impacted yet, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning the outbreak is only expected to get worse.

Two children who traveled to Hawaii were not contagious when they flew, Melnick said, and they were quarantined in the islands once they arrived. Most of the patients are children under 10, and one child has been hospitalized. One to three of every 1,000 cases is fatal.

Measles is highly contagious, so we lose herd immunity when about 5 percent of the population is unvaccinated. 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. Outside of the family noted above, there are no reports of secondary cases of measles. Contact your health care provider or schedule an appointment for the vaccine with the Washoe County Health District.

Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the U.S. 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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