Three Georgia Measles Cases

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According to the Washington Department of Health, vaccination rates in Pullman schools hover around 90 percent.

Measles cases are continuing to spike in Washington state. Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement. The states of OR and Washington are now dealing with an outbreak of measles, which had previously been eliminated in the entire United States as recently as 2000. Vaccination is a fool-proof method to curb the spread of measles. Thirteen additional suspected cases were reported on Wednesday, and some of those will likely be confirmed, Melnick said. 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.

Herd immunity, or community immunity, is when enough of the population is vaccinated to protect those who haven't been vaccinated for medical reasons or because they are too young. Meanwhile, two confirmed cases of the disease in Hawaii are being blamed on unvaccinated Washington children who visited the island recently.

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Thus far, Brazil has reported most of the imported measles cases during 2018. One vaccine provides 93 percent immunity from measles, and two shots provide 97 percent protection. One to three of every 1,000 cases is fatal. You may be told to stay home until you're no longer 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. Anyone who becomes sick or thinks they may have been exposed to measles should contact their health care provider immediately and let them know that you may have been exposed to measles. Symptoms can start like any other really bad cold: "a cough, runny nose, not feeling very well, red eyes", he says.

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

Patients are contagious four days before and four days after getting the rash.

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