Kate Brown urged residents to get vaccinated Thursday as public health officials in OR and Washington reported a combined 56 confirmed cases of measles. The Montgomery County Public Health District and Montgomery County Hospital District confirmed that one girl under the age of 2 was diagnosed with measles in January. "In a sense, we already saw that in 2018, but it looks like cases may pick up more in 2019". Ten states including Texas have reported measles cases; the states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized. One day without a new measles case might seem an indicator of hope the outbreak is over, but it unfortunately doesn't necessarily indicate the end.
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Measles is highly contagious, and if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they're not yet vaccinated. The measles vaccine is reported to be very effective; 97 percent of those who receive both vaccinations are immune. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks. That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four. The Houston Chronicle reports health officials were told the four children who fell ill had received their first of two measles vaccines.
Dr. Patrick Ludke says people in OR are at risk because the vaccination rate is not as good as it could be for measles. The measles vaccination, MMR, protects against measles, mumps and rubella.