The Clark County Public Health Department mentioned they’ve confirmed 14 instances of measles within the county and three different cases are suspected measles since January 1, 2019. The announcement merely comes in the future after they mentioned there had been 2 confirmed instances and 11 suspected circumstances within the county. Twelve of the cases are hitting kids between the ages of 1 and 10. Two cases hit youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18.
Of the 14 confirmed measles circumstances, 13 of them are youngsters who’re unvaccinated. The opposite case is unverified at the moment. “It is an outbreak as a result of usually the best way we outline an outbreak is when you’ve extra noticed instances than anticipated circumstances and customarily with measles the anticipated quantity is zero,” Dr. Alan Melnick with Clark County Public Well being mentioned. “You understand, now we have an effective vaccine for measles. Two shots are 97% efficient. We actually should not be seeing measles.”
One individual was hospitalized, and one other particular person with a suspected case was additionally hospitalized. Melnick mentioned the final time Clark County noticed confirmed circumstances of measles was 2011. “Not all illnesses are equal, and of vaccine-preventable ailments, measles is a fairly nasty one by way of its health results,” Melnick stated.
He mentioned earlier that there have been vaccines for measles, earlier than the early Sixties, yearly in the US there have been about 400 or 500 deaths from the measles. “Measles is so contagious that you would be able to be in a room, and in case you’re prone, you will be in a room two hours after someone with measles left and nonetheless get the illness,” Melnick stated. Authorities mentioned it isn’t but clear if all these circumstances are linked.