Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
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Measles case confirmed in Central Texas

"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County's health officer, said in a statement.

The decision not to vaccinate is one that many in the medical field, including Dr. Bill Mostow, strongly disagrees with, as it can leave that population vulnerable to diseases like the measles.

In Clark County, 34 of the cases were among children age 10 or younger, while just two were among patients older than 18.

A measles outbreak has been declared in Donegal, with a link to a third level institution in Galway. So far, there are 2 confirmed cases. Measles infection can have serious complications such as pneumonia, seizures and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

Salmon stressed that the foreign individuals involved in US measles outbreaks are "not illegal immigrants", but rather "it's people who have enough wealth to travel".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - one between 12 and 15 months and the second between ages 4 and 6 - to be fully protected against measles. It is 99% effective at preventing measles infection.

In 2017, Texas Health and Human Services released its report of student vaccinations, showing overall Texas schools reported high rates of coverage for each vaccine but kindergarten students reported slightly lower coverage due to personal beliefs.

"Rash, fever, illness - we always say, 'Maybe think about measles, and then, of course, look at their vaccination history, '" Espinoza said.

Most of the time we don't have indigenous transition of measles [in the U.S.] We do right now, but once this outbreak is taken care of, we'll have no more measles in the U.S.
The MMR vaccine has been used for many years and is very safe. It is important that you do not visit your GP without first letting him or her know that you or your child may have measles. Your GP will be able to make special arrangements for you to come in and see him or her and do tests to confirm your diagnosis.

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