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Shock! A bunch of children who weren't vaccinated now have the measles

Shock! A bunch of children who weren't vaccinated now have the measles

Officials say 38 of the 39 confirmed cases were identified in Clark County, where vaccination rates are between 68 and 79 percent. Liberal-leaning OR and Washington have some of the nation's highest statewide vaccine exemption rates, driven in part by low vaccination levels in scattered communities and at some private and alternative schools. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 42 confirmed cases and seven suspect cases.

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. Outside of the family noted above, there are no reports of secondary cases of measles. The percentage needed to maintain herd immunity varies depending on how contagious the disease is.

You can get measles if you go near someone who has the virus because the virus stays for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been.

'So it's like taking a lighted match and throwing it into a bucket of gasoline, basically, ' he said.

Health officials in Washington state have declared a state of emergency over the measles. They have since returned home. Most of the patients are children under 10, and one child has been hospitalized. The vaccine itself is incredible effective, and prevents measles in 97% of people.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed measles in three residents of the metro Atlanta area.

None of the infected people were vaccinated and they are no longer contagious. "The best way to stop this outbreak in its tracks is to make sure that everybody gets vaccinated". Many of those parents are part of a growing movement of "anti-vaxxers" who worry about the safety of vaccines. 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.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases in the United States.

People who think they may have the measles should call their health care provider before showing up so the facility can take steps to limit other people's exposure.

Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of high fever, malaise and red eyes, followed by a rash that starts on the head and moves down the body. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.