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Cases of measles are starting to pop up in different places in the United States, regardless of the fact those in the medical profession said the virus was eradicated 19 years ago. According to Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo, "only 50% to 60% of children are getting their scheduled vaccines a year after the scare which resulted into outbreaks of preventable diseases".

At least 50 confirmed cases in the northwest and health officials are anxious it could continue to rise. Yale-New Haven Hospital is treating the two infected patients. Since then, numerous studies have proven the effectiveness and safety of the MMR vaccine. If the goal of government is to protect the life and liberty of its citizens, why can't our lawmakers guarantee that our children survive childhood to have the opportunity to experience that freedom? "We can't vaccinate pregnant women for measles, so we need to think about this before they become pregnant".

"Right now there are 37 confirmed cases and a number of suspected cases in Washington state and it's likely the tip of the iceberg because these people have transmitted to others so we expect to see more cases", Dr. Wilson said. Between 1985 and 1992, death from measles was reported in approximately 2 out of every 1,000 U.S. measles cases, with pneumonia accounting for about 60% of these deaths, according to the CDC.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10 states have reported cases of measles in 2019: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

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A number of specific details about the cases in Houston have not been publicly disclosed, including how it is believed that the individuals contracted the disease and if they were previously vaccinated. Once a person has measles, about 90% of close contacts who are susceptible to it will develop the disease, she added. Surveillance Report of the Department's Epidemiology Bureau, majority of the cases of measles nationwide are of children ages 1-4 years who were not vaccinated.

Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of the disease and its complications which include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, and even death.

The ongoing outbreak and the perceived need for home remedies is a reminder that herd immunity - the indirect protection of non-vaccinated people that occurs when a large percentage of the population has been vaccinated - has broken down. "The vaccine is a series of two shots and is more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles", said Dr. McDonald.

Early on, measles can look like many other viral illnesses, but the red blotchy rash that comes with it may help set it apart. Immunization status could not be verified for six cases, and one case involved a child who had received only a single does of the MMR vaccine.

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