Two other outbreaks have also been reported this year, the CDC said, in New York state and New York City.
So far so good say health officials in Yakima. The reason, according to an article in the Hartford Courant, is that the majority of Connecticut's population has been vaccinated. The outbreak in Clark County, Washington, entails 49 confirmed circumstances of measles and nine suspected situations, in keeping with native public health officers. Yale-New Haven Hospital is treating the two infected patients.
"We know now that was totally unfounded, in fact the studies that were done on that and published were totally false, they were fabricated", Goforth said. "Parents and caregivers have the power to protect their children and themselves from this disease by getting vaccinated".
Measles, the highly contagious and previously eliminated viral illness, has been spreading in communities across the United States in recent weeks, with Washington declaring a state of emergency last week and NY reporting in 2018 its second largest outbreak over the past two decades.
Even though Arizona does not now have a reported case of measles, the state has one of the highest rates of exemptions for at least one vaccine that's required for childcare, kindergarten or sixth grade.
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But along with causing those symptoms, measles can also lead to death, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws that require children entering child care or public schools to have certain vaccinations against communicable diseases.
Dr. Christ says with little exception for individuals who can't get vaccinated, vaccinations are key to preventing and outbreak of infectious diseases like measles. Another case in King County involved a man who had recently traveled to Clark County. The law passed in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the USA and into Canada.
Measles can be spread through direct contact and as an airborne virus.
Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of the disease and its complications which include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, and even death. The measles rash usually appears two to three days after the fever begins. Immunization status could not be verified for six cases, and one case involved a child who had received only a single does of the MMR vaccine.
Obviously, some people really shouldn't be immunized: Anyone who ever has had a life-threatening allergic reaction to the antibiotic neomycin, or anyone who's pregnant, or if you're ill when you're scheduled to get your shots. These are usually mild and go away on their own, but serious side effects and injuries are also possible.