It was publicized earlier that the disease was eradicated in the U.S.in 2000 but has ever since made a return that is attached to imported cases and the growth of the anti-vaccine movement. The agency says global travelers returning from Israel and Ukraine-where large outbreaks recently occurred-appear to be spreading the measles in the United States.
The announcements come as a measles outbreak hits the Pacific Northwest, where more than 50 cases have been confirmed.
Beckham said new cases of measles are becoming more common than before, saying the last time they had a confirmed case was past year.
Clark County also listed 11 suspected cases of measles. "While death rates have been falling worldwide as more children receive the measles vaccine, the disease still kills more than 100,000 people a year, most under the age of 5".
In their letter, the PPS and PIDSP have also given a recommendation for individuals older than 12 months without a history of measles disease, not pregnant, with no immunocompromising conditions or allergic reaction to a previous dose of measles-containing vaccine. The outbreak includes 42 cases among those who were not immunized, six cases where immunization has not been verified and one case where the person had received a single dose of vaccine.
According to the Texas DSHS, "Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing". Israel and Ukraine are now dealing with large outbreaks of measles.
"Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room", the agency said.
OR health officials say three more measles cases have been confirmed in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland. So far, there are 2 confirmed cases. Before the vaccine was developed in 1963, there were 4 million cases of measles every year.
The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.