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

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

Across the state, 40 people were diagnosed with measles in January, and there have been at 186 cases since October, with the largest number of cases in Rockland, state health officials said. "The rate of measles in the US recently jumped from an average of 60 cases a year to 205 cases annually", the Mayo Clinic says.

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the one case with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patient's privacy, according to the news release.

Authorities believe no one was exposed to the measles in Hawaii. Unvaccinated people are at a much higher risk of contracting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

"Vaccines are really the only effective treatment", said Dr. Nathan Schlicher at St. Joseph Medical Center's Emergency Services Department.

"Now is a great time for all families to take action by reviewing their vaccination records and be sure that everyone is up to date and has completed the vaccination series for measles", health officials said. For more information about the measles outbreak, check out this FAQ from Jackson County Public Health, or follow the or and Washington state investigation. Most of the confirmed cases have been children under 10. There have also been three reported cases in Atlanta.

Four percent of Washington secondary school students have non-medical vaccine exemptions.

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The disease is contagious from approximately four days before the characteristic rash appears to four days after the rash appears. The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in OR and Washington since January 1, with 11 more cases suspected.

Officials say the vast majority of people who have been infected are likely children of parents who decided not to have them vaccinated. Anyone who is not vaccinated against rubella is at risk of getting the disease.

In an effort to stop the spread of the illness, the Health Department and partners have provided more than 16,000 vaccinations.

"My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is now a measles outbreak in my state", she wrote, according toBored Panda.

Early symptoms include a fever, runny nose and malaise, followed by a rash that starts around the head and moves down the body. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.

Nearly everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus. Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the US died of the measles every year.