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Everything we know about the measles outbreak's 'patient zero'

Everything we know about the measles outbreak's 'patient zero'

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The revelation that the ongoing measles outbreak is tied to a foreign individual does not come as a surprise to those who have studied the disease. Washington state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist said that so-called 'patient zero' in the ongoing outbreak was someone who was visiting the U.S. from outside the country, according to ABC News radio affiliate KOMO Radio. "There was a large group of kids that were exposed to a visitor from outside the country that developed measles, and then what quickly happened is all those kids who were unimmunized actually went to public places like Ikea and Costco and the Portland Trailblazers game and they then spread it to anyone in the population that was unimmunized," Lindquist said in the KOMO Radio interview. Few further details have been rele...
New measles cases discovered amid outbreaks elsewhere

New measles cases discovered amid outbreaks elsewhere

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Three new cases of measles were confirmed by health officials in Houston on Monday, making it the latest city to have the once-eliminated disease appear in recent weeks. The Houston outbreak comes as new cases of measles are being confirmed in Washington state on a daily basis, and other cases have been confirmed in Oregon, Georgia, and New York. The new measles cases in Houston bring the total number of cases in Texas to six so far in 2019. A number of specific details about the cases in Houston have not been publicly disclosed, including how it is believed that the individuals contracted the disease and if they were previously vaccinated. The only details about the three infected individuals that have been released is that two are young boys under the age of 2 and the third is a w...
Number of measles cases rises in Washington amid outbreak

Number of measles cases rises in Washington amid outbreak

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The number of measles cases in Washington continues to grow as an outbreak rages on. As of Monday afternoon, Clark County public health officials announced that there have now been 35 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases of the disease. This marks a continued increase in the number of confirmed cases, as there were 31 confirmed on Friday when the governor declared a state of emergency. The day before, there were 25 confirmed cases. The majority of those infected were children, with 25 of the 35 confirmed cases impacting children 10 years old or younger. Nine of the other cases are children between the ages of 11 and 18 years old. Only one of the confirmed cases appeared in someone who is between 19 and 29 years old. The county health website lists various locations where infected ...
Measles alert issued for Chicago O'Hare air travelers

Measles alert issued for Chicago O'Hare air travelers

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A measles alert was issued Monday, four days after an air passenger who was diagnosed with the highly contagious virus passed through two terminals at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Somewhere between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Jan. 10, according to a statement obtained by ABC News and released by the Illinois Department of Public Health, "a passenger on an international flight with a confirmed case of measles arrived in Terminal 5" of the airport and the person "departed on a domestic flight from Terminal 1." The statement warned that this passenger "was infectious that day" and "may have traveled to other parts of the airport." This marks at least the second potential measles exposure case this year involving U.S. aiports. Last week, a female college student traveling...