Scope of the Measles Outbreak and Why It's Worsening

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The current measles outbreak in Clark County and one diagnosed case in King County are examples of why the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine is a crucial requirement. People who have been vaccinated against measles face little threat from the disease. 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.

We need most people in the population to be vaccinated in order to maintain our "herd immunity".

"If you get both doses of the measles vaccine you're looking at about 97 percent protection", Ward said.

Failure to vaccinate children lowers what is known as the "herd immunity" of any given population, making it much easier for diseases to spread between individuals who haven't been vaccinated.

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

The confirmed cases include two cases who traveled to Hawaii and another case who traveled to Bend, Ore. They have since returned home.

Of the confirmed cases, most patients are under age 10.

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

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There is now a measles outbreak that started in Washington and has made its way to OR, and anti-vaxxers are the sole cause of this retro death threat. They live in Camas, Washington, where at least one infected person spent time while contagious. 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.

Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the USA died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said.

Advocates of the anti-vaccine movement, which is strong in the western United States, continue to spread misinformation on social media, Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County public health director, told the AP. Symptoms can start like any other really bad cold: "a cough, runny nose, not feeling very well, red eyes", he says.

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