February 21, 2019

Shock! A bunch of children who weren't vaccinated now have the measles

02 February 2019, 02:26 | Silvia Roy

Shreveport doctor discusses recent measles outbreak

Shreveport doctor discusses recent measles outbreak

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

Washington submitted a request for the specialized team through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

East Wenatchee, WA - Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, public health officials are working closely with school districts and healthcare providers throughout Chelan and Douglas County to ensure students and staff are up-to-date on their vaccines.

As the Associated Press reports, at least 35 people are now confirmed to have the disease, with around a dozen other suspected cases yet to be confirmed.

Officials haven't yet determined how the measles outbreak started. A person can get measles just by being in a room where an infected person has been.

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Authorities say there are now 40 confirmed cases of measles in a Pacific Northwest outbreak.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Kazakhstan, where health officials have reported a measles outbreak.

None of the infected people were vaccinated and they are no longer contagious. Ninety percent of people exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated will get it, health officials said.

Herd immunity is a level of vaccination at which people who can't safely get vaccines (because they have HIV, cancer, or other conditions which make their immune systems more fragile) are protected.

The vaccine has been part of routine childhood shots for decades.

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Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases in the United States.

The National Vaccine Information Center, which opposes mandatory vaccination laws, said it opposed that bill and the current one.

Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose.

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

The post was quickly screenshotted and spread on Twitter, where people had a myriad of strong-worded responses to the mom. 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.

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