Measles case confirmed in Denton County

"Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent measles", Denton County public health director Dr. Matt Richardson said in a written statement.

Area health clinics are scrambling to keep up with sudden demand, mostly among parents of children who had not been inoculated. The infection is easily preventable by a vaccine.

No UK deaths were reported in 2018.

That's a huge rise in a county where vaccination rates lag - only 76.5 percent of kindergartners had all the required immunizations for the 2017-18 school year.

Health officials have long feared an outbreak in the area, given the rampant skepticism of vaccines driven by misinformation and fear-mongering by anti-vaccine advocates.

It is also 15 times a record low recorded in 2016.

The vaccines include MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, and MMR-V, which also protects against the varicella-zoster virus, which causes chickenpox. The vaccine can reduce the risk of infection if gotten within 72 hours after exposure to the virus.

"I think "patchwork" is a good word to use to describe it", said Vinita Dubey, associate medical officer of health with Toronto Public Health.

"Just because this was the first case we identified and confirmed, does not mean they are "patient zero" and the source of the outbreak", Armstrong said in an email.

Multnomah County officials have reported a steep uptick in vaccinations over this time previous year.

By the end of 2017, the percentage of children in Ukraine who had been vaccinated had significantly improved, to about 90% but, the World Health Organization says, this now needs to be sustained to protect the population from further outbreaks of measles.

Despite availability of safe and cost-effective vaccines since the 1960s, more than 100,000 people die globally from the illness each year - the majority of whom are children younger than five years old in developing countries. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".

The announcements come as a measles outbreak hits the Pacific Northwest, where more than 50 cases have been confirmed. Others object to the timing and combinations of the vaccines and to being forced to inoculate their children.

Research has confirmed that vaccines don't cause autism, a common reason cited by parents who reject vaccinations.

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