New measles cases discovered in Houston amid outbreaks elsewhere

Gillian Flaccus  APA sign is posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. to warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak Jan. 30 2019

The survival of over 26 confirmed cases in Washington created a severe public health risk that might rapidly spread to other counties.

Updated at 10:25 p.m.: Revised to include a sixth case confirmed by state health officials. The mainstream of those infected are children, who have not been vaccinated against the disease, executives said.

OR health officials say three more measles cases have been confirmed in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland. All three patients live in northwest Harris County.

Beckham said new cases of measles are becoming more common than before, saying the last time they had a confirmed case was a year ago.

According to newly released data from the year, 82,596 people were infected and 72 people (children and adults) died from measles last year.

Measles is a highly contagious, airborne virus that can be spread through coughing and sneezing. Yet one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the CDC.

Both vaccines are typically given in two doses to young children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Three Multnomah County residents are confirmed to have been diagnosed with measles.

Five new measles cases have been confirmed in the Houston area and the diagnoses have launched investigations into the origins of each illness.

NY has additionally seen an outbreak that began within the fall of 2018 and has continued into 2019.

The best way to protect yourself and your family against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases is by immunization.

Those who may have been exposed and believe they have measles symptoms are asked to contact their healthcare provider prior to visiting their offices to avoid more exposure.

"Before the measles vaccine, we had an increase in measles, and then, when the measles vaccine was created, it started getting more and more people vaccinated", Beckham said.

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