Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Multnomah County

Owen Humphreys  AP

Three measles cases have been confirmed this year in northwest Harris County, according to a Monday announcement by Harris County Public Health.

According to Montgomery County officials, a 2-year-old girl is recovering from the disease.

"We have one positive case in Galveston County, and we are aware of a small cluster of cases in the region", said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority. The identities of the patients have not been released by DSHS, but the health department said the children were either too young to be vaccinated or had not completed the two-part vaccination series. It's not complicated. Get vaccinated, especially if you're traveling internationally, and doubly especially if you're traveling to Israel or Ukraine. A New York Department of Health official confirmed to ABC News last week that there have been 30 established circumstances to this point in New York so far this year, and 122 confirmed instances in 2018. That was past the time frame to administer the vaccination to prevent the disease from becoming a full-fledged case.

A state of emergency was announced recently in the western USA state of Washington after a measles outburst that has impacted over two dozen people and the majority of them are children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get two doses in order to be fully protected.

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A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.

Those who may have been exposed and believe they have measles symptoms are asked to contact their healthcare provider prior to visiting their offices to avoid more exposure.

The number of cases reported is "the highest this decade" the World Health Organization said in a statement noting the numbers are "3 times the total reported in 2017 and 15 times the record low number of people affected in 2016".

Five cases of measles have been confirmed across Texas as an outbreak of the disease continues to grow in Washington state.

The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday that measles was confirmed in the three people Wednesday but that they pose no risk to the public. Visit www.cdc.gov/measles for details about symptoms, treatment, and MMR vaccine safety.

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