Bell County officials confirm possible measles case

Henrietta Strickland
February 7, 2019

The United States is now facing not one but three measles outbreaks, and once again the main culprit is people's refusal to get vaccinated. In just Washington state, there have been more than 45 confirmed cases of measles this year alone.

The Oregon Health Authority reported that the number of measles vaccines in the last week of January tripled in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties).

The Grayson County Health Department says there are no confirmed cases in Grayson County as of Wednesday. At this time, this case has not been linked to any other measles cases.

The HSE says while the majority of children in Donegal still receive the MMR vaccine, the numbers have been dropping slightly over the past few years.

Clark County also listed 11 suspected cases of measles. Five of the cases involve children, at least some of whom had received one round of the vaccination. As a highly contagious infection, measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was for up to two hours.

File Image: Measles vaccine prevents the disease.

Infectious people were at Costco, the airport, a Blazers game and other sites.

The Vancouver Clinic, which operates medical offices and urgent-care centers in the area, reported that shots administered jumped from 263 in January 2018 to 1,444 last month, a almost 450 percent increase. The CDC notes that two doses of the MMR vaccine are 97 percent effective, while one dose is 93 percent effective.

The health department is identifying and contacting people who may have been exposed.

According to Montgomery County officials, a 2-year-old girl is recovering from the disease. Measles vaccinations rose from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in January 2019.

Rita Espinoza, the chief epidemiologist at Metro Health, said health care providers, emergency rooms and school districts are among those that need to remain vigilant, even though Bexar County has not seen a case of measles since 2007.

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