Measles outbreak sparks concern over anti-vaccination movement

Leslie Hanson
February 6, 2019

Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through direct contact or through the air.

This, the HSE says, is why measles outbreaks are occurring in Ireland and across Europe.

Washington state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist said that so-called "patient zero" in the ongoing outbreak was someone who was visiting the US from outside the country, according to ABC News radio affiliate KOMO Radio.

In a report released this time previous year World Health Organization officials wrote, "Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others".

Officials have not released the identities of any of the people.

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed a case in Bell County on Tuesday, a day after five cases were announced - three in Harris County, one in Galveston County and one in Montgomery County. The outbreak in Clark County has been concentrated mostly among unvaccinated children. Forty-two patients were not immunized against the virus, while health officials had not verified the immunization status of six patients.

"This is consistent with testing from the first known case, (a child) from this outbreak" in Washington, the spokesperson said in an email to ABC News. "We try to make vaccines as prevalent as possible because of how important vaccination is".

The disease then spread when that individual came into contact with others who have not been vaccinated for measles.

A measles outbreak has been declared in Donegal, with a link to a third level institution in Galway.

"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. "We do right now, but once this outbreak is taken care of, we'll have no more measles in the U.S".

A sign is posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., to warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak, January 30, 2019.

Espinoza said the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, or MMR vaccine, is 97 percent effective.

Outbreaks, or clusters, of measles cases are typically due to exposure in foreign countries that do not have the same robust vaccination programs as the United States, Espinoza said. 1-2 people out of every 1,000 who become infected with measles will die.

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