In a report released this time past year World Health Organization officials wrote, "Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others".
Updated at 10:25 p.m.: Revised to include a sixth case confirmed by state health officials.
Dr. Peter Hotez, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, said measles peaks in the late winter or early spring. Ten states including Texas have reported measles cases; the states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
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Experts attribute the spread of measles in part to lower vaccination rates in certain communities, making more people vulnerable to the disease and lowering the level of herd immunity that protects large groups from becoming infected.
The MMR vaccine is one of two immunizations recommended by the federal government to help prevent measles.
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Both vaccines are typically given in two doses to young children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Officials say there are now six confirmed reports of measles cases in the state of Texas. If you're not immunized get the shot Today.
So Clark County, Washington (Vancouver) has an outbreak of dozens of cases, one of which is from across the river in Portland. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks. Anyone who believes they have measles should contact their health care provider as soon as possible.
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"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.