Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
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CT reports 2nd measles case in New Haven County

CT reports 2nd measles case in New Haven County

The urgent call as an outbreak of the disease continues in Washington state, NY and Oregon. Clark County reported that 42 of the 49 patients had not been vaccinated against measles.

At least eight other states have reported measles cases this year. There is state assistance available, and health officials said they don't want payment to be a deterrent to keeping the community healthy. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance. By definition, a "Fully Immunized Child" (FIC) is an infant who has "received one dose of BCG, three doses each of OPV, DPT, and Hepatitis B vaccines, and one dose of measles vaccine before reaching one year of age".

People may have been exposed to the unsafe disease at more than three dozen locations, many in neighboring OR, such as Portland International Airport and the Moda Center, home to the Portland Trail Blazers. Four of the cases involve children under the age of 2, while the fifth involves a woman in her 30s, news station KHOU reported. Most side effects are mild, and it does not cause autism. Pregnant women are especially cautioned against taking vitamin A, as it has been shown to cause birth defects. As of 2000, measles was declared eliminated in the United States or no longer constantly present, though spot outbreaks occur. Before the vaccine's introduction in 1963, there were four million measles cases in the US every year, with 48,000 hospitalizations and 500 deaths. The department told the Associated Press that of those who were affected by the virus, none of them had been vaccinated. The children, however, were not old enough to receive the second dose.

"The increase in the anti-vaccine people is because they have never seen the disease", Leisner said.

"The single best way to protect yourself and your children from measles is to be vaccinated", said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. High fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes are typical measles symptoms, though these usually disappear without treatment within two or three weeks.

One out of 1,000 get encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, that can lead to seizures, deafness, or even brain damage.

The MMR vaccine is one of two immunizations recommended by the federal government to help prevent measles. "It can be on surfaces", explained Dr. Phil Huang, Medical Director and Health Authority for Austin Public Health.

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