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Across the US, 10 states - California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington - reported 79 confirmed measles cases in January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The key thing is vaccinations", said John Lynch, an associate professor of medicine and allergy and infectious diseases at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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 woman between the ages of 25 and 35 years old.

So far so good say health officials in Yakima. "However, it is easily preventable".

With 47 cases confirmed in the Pacific Northwest, health experts say the solution to stopping the spread is very simple: the vaccine works and if you're not sure if you've had it, a blood test can determine if you're immune.

As with a similar outbreak among Orthodox Jews in NY state, almost all of the infected were unvaccinated.

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The Central District Health Department says symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes, sore throat, runny nose and a rash that can spread over the body. Those cases are mostly located in Rockland and Orange counties, about an hour and a half drive north of Manhattan. At least 44 people in Washington and OR have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus, which was eradicated in the 2000 as a result of immunization but arrives periodically with overseas travelers. One patient had received only one of the two recommended doses of the vaccine, and the vaccination status of six others was unknown, the county department of health said.

There had been studies that show that parents consider HCPs as the most important source of information when deciding whether their child should be given a vaccine. Then, families travel to other countries where the virus is more common, and since they are unprotected, they bring the virus back to the U.S. This is when outbreaks occur.

"The increase in the anti-vaccine people is because they have never seen the disease", Leisner said. Before 1963, in the U.S., before a vaccine was introduced, about 500 people died every year. "And measles is one of those that we have made very, very uncommon and we'd like to keep it that way". If everyone receives the vaccine with proper doses, herd immunity is achieved.

Last week, 9 children died within a day due to measles, De Guzman added. Many health-care professionals (HCPs), such as doctors, in the public health sector fear that the previous year might be the lowest FIC rate in a decade.

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