Measles kills two in Switzerland as cases rise

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The increase in cases has reportedly come from unvaccinated travelers bringing the virus back from other countries, coupled with lower US vaccination rates in the face of opposition from high-profile skeptics who have linked the shots to other conditions, but without any scientific proof.

In addition, at least 24 states, including some neighboring Utah, are experiencing measles outbreaks. In Alabama, the state public health department has conducted at least 174 investigations, including 32 open investigations.

Orange County confirmed its first case of the illness this week, with exposure sites including a Fullerton movie theater where many attended the opening night of "Avengers: Endgame".

ADPH said Thursday the infant was most likely contagious from April 23 to May 1.

US public health officials declared measles eliminated in 2000, meaning the disease was no longer a constant presence in the country.

Some parents are refusing to get their children immunized "for a variety of reasons", Nakashima said. Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world.

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As California deals with the spread of measles, Fresno County officials reported Friday they haven't had any confirmed cases this year.

Before traveling to a country with ongoing measles outbreaks, infants from 6 to 11 months old should receive one dose of the vaccine.

In addition, the CDC considers anyone vaccinated between 1957 and 1963 to be at increased risk of contracting measles because they probably received a vaccine that contained inactivated measles virus. "As most Americans live paycheck to paycheck, if a child or parent gets infected and someone has to miss work, this can cause hardship for the family. Please let this make you consider doing what's best for your baby". Individuals without an immunization record should be vaccinated or tested for immunity to measles. "She got sick because the measles is on the rise due to carelessness of other mothers". This is the highest number of cases in the United States since the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000.

Christine Finley, the immunization program manager with the Vermont Department of Health, and Dr. Rebecca Bell, a pediatric critical care physician at The University of Vermont Medical Center, join Vermont Edition to discuss state vaccination rates, treating vaccine-preventable infections, and the questions they hear about vaccinations and vaccine hesitancy.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed.

The state board issued a press release that reported more than 700 people in 22 states have been diagnosed with measles this year, including one person in Indiana. It's debatable whether it would go up as well as a child at one year old, but they would be able to mount some defense. Some children may have very mild symptoms, but others may face more serious complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis. The virus can spread four days before and after symptoms appear. Patients may also have small white spots on the inside of the mouth. If you get a fever and a rash in the three weeks after you return home from traveling, call a doctor.

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