Immunization and vitamin A supplementation of 9-month-old children are the best defenses against measles, the DOH said.
The CDC says there have been 79 cases of measles so far this year in the states that reported data, and it's only February. The agency says worldwide travelers returning from Israel and Ukraine-where large outbreaks recently occurred-appear to be spreading the measles in the United States.
These global travelers then spread measles upon their return, which cause outbreaks in the USA.
Measles has been confirmed in three more Multnomah County residents bringing the total amount of cases to four in Oregon.
Galveston County Health District also confirmed a case involving a boy whose age ranges from 12 to 24 months old, according to KTRK-TV in Houston. That brings the total number of measles cases in OR up to four.
The HSE says while the majority of children in Donegal still receive the MMR vaccine, the numbers have been dropping slightly over the past few years.
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Measles is an airborne virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person and can be spread through coughing and sneezing. This is why measles outbreaks are occurring in Ireland and across Europe.
Anyone who believes they have measles should contact their health care provider as soon as possible.
"We're hopeful and any time we see that there are no new exposure locations that's helpful", said Marissa Armstrong, spokeswoman for the Clark County Public Health.
In 2018, Texas had nine confirmed measles cases.
"Before the measles vaccine, we had an increase in measles, and then, when the measles vaccine was created, it started getting more and more people vaccinated", Beckham said. 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.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, without specific antiviral treatment available, says the CDC.