Measles outbreak spreads to Texas

2019 Measles Outbreaks

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.

"Upon finding and verifying that there is a measles case in Arizona, we activate our emergency operations center", she said.

These new Multnomah County cases are linked to the Clark County outbreak.

Denton County Public Health has confirmed one measles case in Denton County. The amount of measles vaccines given out in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties for the last week of January was three times as high as the same period previous year.

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. Three of those suspected cases were unvaccinated and received the vaccine after 72 hours after exposure. Measles vaccinations rose from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in January 2019.

Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

To further limit the spread of the virus, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before visiting a hospital or doctor's office.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. A possible sixth case in Texas is awaiting lab confirmation.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage at www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/IllnessandDisease/Measles/MeaslesOutbreak. A person can spread the virus before they show symptoms.

People are contagious with measles for up to four days before and up to four days after the rash appears. After someone is exposed to measles, illness develops in about one to three weeks.

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