4 new suspected measles cases in Washington

Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"It wasn't until the development of the MMR [measles, mumps, and rubella] vaccine that we as a country were able to stop this horrific illness", said Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, at a hearing on recent measles outbreaks in the U.S.

A fourth measles case has been confirmed in Canterbury - a young woman who, like two of the other three confirmed cases, has connections with Rangiora.

In December, the Department announced mandatory exclusions for students in selected zip codes in Borough Park and Williamsburg that have not received the required number of doses of MMR vaccine. And somestates would remove the exemption for all vaccines.

Officials say four new suspected measles cases have been identified in a measles outbreak in southwest Washington.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report more than 150 cases of measles so far this year.

Even though California enacted tough legislation in 2016 barring "personal belief" exemptions for childhood vaccinations, some parents may be turning to unethical physicians to circumvent the new law.

"Same goes for people whose blood tests show they are not immune", Piwoz added.

Doctors say older measles vaccines weren't as effective as modern ones.

Only if 95 percent of the population are vaccinated, their immunity also to people who can't be vaccinated for health reasons.

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"Some states are engaging in such wide exemptions that they're creating the opportunity for outbreaks on a scale that is going to have national implications", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNN last week. Serious side effects, including allergic reactions and febrile seizures, are rare. A suggestion that immunization might be tied to severe consequences like autism was debunked years ago, after findings supporting that link were proved fraudulent.

But the national rate masks wide disparities from state to state and even from one school to the next, as the case of Clark County illustrates.

So far, only three states - Mississippi, West Virginia and California - prohibit almost all vaccine exemptions, including the one exempting families who say their religious belief conflicts with vaccination.

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Measles has sickened almost 160 people from Washington and OR to Texas and NY. Research also suggests that children who get measles before age 2 have a higher risk of developing SSPE later in life. Fauci responded that children with vitamin A deficiency who get measles "have a much more hard course, so vitamin A [supplements] can actually protect you from some of the toxic and adverse effects", but that doesn't apply in developed countries where such deficiencies are rare.

In some Muslim traditions it is against the teachings of their religion to allow children to be vaccinated. Michelle Mello is a lawyer and health policy researcher at Stanford University. Unfortunately, this vaccine isn't being used to the degree that it needs to be used. Children are very, very sick. This age group was prioritized because they are the most vulnerable to measles infection.

NEIGHMOND: Measles is highly contagious, spreads easily in air and can live for hours.

In some schools, especially private schools, the MMR vaccination rate was as low as 20 or 30 percent. In nearly all 65 cases, patients had not been vaccinated.

Measles can lead to severe complications, such as pneumonia, encephalitis - swelling of the brain - and death.

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