Possible measles case reported in Bell County

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The Bell County Public Health District said they can confirm a possible measles case in a child in Western Bell County on Monday.

While no infections have been reported in Idaho, at least one public health department has issued a notice for schools and day-care centers to be on the lookout for signs of the illness and make sure they have accurate vaccination records. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, and is followed by a blotchy rash.

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The measles outbreak was preventable and science has long debunked the rumors of unsafe vaccinations. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent". 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?

As a measles outbreak rages in Clark County, health care professionals advise a simple solution: Get vaccinated.

"We're always happy to see that there are no new exposure sites because that tells us that there are not cases out potentially exposing new people, so seeing no new exposure sites is always good news and seeing no new confirmed cases is also good news", Armstrong said.

The highly contagious virus spreads through the air and can linger for up to two hours in an isolated space. "So when you think about parents bringing their children in for immunizations, it's not a disease that looms large in your memory".

She said there have been two cases of measles in 29 years in Auburn and both were not vaccinated.

Children are offered the MMR injection at 12 months of age and again at 4 to 5 years of age.

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.

Doctors say a big reason for measles spreading is the rate which patients are not getting the vaccine. Serious complications include brain swelling that can cause blindness or deafness and pneumonia.

"That tells you how effective the vaccine is", he said. Outbreak became uncommon, and death from measles rarely happened.

In 2017, about 85% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday - up from 72% in 2000, according to WHO, which calculates that for the period from 2000 to 2017, vaccination prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths due to measles. Severe cases are not common, especially to younger children with healthy immune systems.