Spotting Measles Amid Rising Nationwide Cases – Bio Prep Watch

Measles Outbreak Strikes 17 States in the U.S.

Measles cases have been on the rise in 17 states across the United States, with a recent outbreak reported in Southwest Washington. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed a total of 45 measles cases, with eight of those cases occurring in Washington state alone in the month of January. This marks a significant increase from last year, when the U.S. only saw a total of 58 measles cases nationwide.

Dr. Heather Long, a pediatrician, explained that measles cases are typically rare, but can quickly escalate when vaccination rates drop below 95%. Measles is highly contagious and can spread rapidly among unprotected individuals. Symptoms of measles include white spots in the mouth and a rash that starts on the head and face before spreading down the body.

It is crucial to seek medical attention if anyone displays symptoms of measles, particularly for children, as 1 in 5 cases may result in hospitalization. Vaccination against measles is highly effective in preventing the spread of the disease. Health officials urge the public to ensure that they and their loved ones are up-to-date on their vaccinations to protect against measles and other preventable diseases.

In light of the recent increase in measles cases, health authorities are emphasizing the importance of vaccination as a crucial measure to safeguard public health. Stay informed and take proactive steps to protect yourself and your community against measles and other infectious diseases.

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