Clark County at high risk for measles outbreak, researchers say

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shoot em upClark County is one of the counties in the United States most at risk of a measles outbreak, according to a new report by The Lancet medical journal.

The researchers, who correctly predicted where the Zika outbreaks would occur in 2015, last week published “Measles resurgence in the USA: how international travel compounds vaccine resistance.”

According to the researchers, there have been more than 700 reported cases in the U.S. since Jan. 1. “Only 4 months into 2019 the number of cases reported is already the highest since measles was declared officially eliminated in the US in 2000,” the study notes. “These high numbers show that the USA still remains at risk for large measles epidemics such as those recently seen in Europe.”

The researchers predict the top 25 counties in the nation likely to have a measles outbreak, and Clark County was listed number eighth most at risk. The highest-risk counties in the U.S., in order, were Cook (IL), Los Angeles, Miami-Dade, Queens, King (WA), Maricopa (AZ), and Broward (FL).

“Two main factors are believed to contribute to the resurgence of measles cases in the USA: reintroduction of the virus at individual localities through travel from countries experiencing
outbreaks and low vaccination rates fueled by nonmedical exemptions (NMEs),” The Lancet article said.

In late December, the Southern Nevada Health District confirmed the area’s first measles case since 2015. In March, the health district sent out a warning that an international visitor might have potentially exposed residents to the disease.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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