Measles outbreak: This Utah county named among most at risk for sudden outbreak – Deseret News


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Measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are seen in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., Wednesday, March 27, 2019. A new report named Utah as one area most at-risk for a measles outbreak.

SALT LAKE CITY — A group of researchers has identified 25 areas across the United States that are most likely to experience a measles outbreak this year, and one of them is Salt Lake City, according to Business Insider.

The research paper, which was published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal on Thursday, picked Cook County, Illinois, as the most at-risk area in the country.

Los Angeles and Miami, Florida were also listed among the most at-risk counties.

The report named 25 areas total:

  • Cook, Illinois
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami-Dade, Florida
  • Queens, New York
  • King, Washington
  • Maricopa, Arizona
  • Broward, Florida
  • Clark, Nevada
  • Harris, Texas
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Wayne, Michigan
  • Tarrant, Texas
  • Multnomah, Oregon
  • Orange, Florida
  • Essex, New-Jersey
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Hillsborough, Florida
  • San Mateo, California
  • Salt Lake, Utah
  • Suffolk, Massachusetts
  • Clayton, Georgia
  • Travis, Texas
  • Hennepin, Minnesota
  • Loudoun, Virginia
  • San Diego, California

As you can see, Salt Lake County is No. 19 on the list. Clark, Nevada, which is about a nine-hour drive from Utah, is No. 8 on the list, while Denver, Colorado, ranks as No. 16.

The researchers said they “correctly predicted the areas in Washington, Oregon, and New York that have had major measles outbreaks” in 2019, Business Insider reports.

Sahotra Sarkar, the lead author of the study and a philosophy and integrative biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a statement that the increase could result in multiple deaths across the country.


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“We are set to see over 1,000 cases in the U.S. in 2019. So, for the first time since the 1980s, we may expect infant deaths from measles in the U.S.”

Dr. Tamara Sheffield, medical director for community health and prevention at Intermountain Healthcare, told the Deseret News that Utah is “only one airline flight within a case coming here.”

“Utahns don’t need to panic, but rather carefully consider their vaccination status,” she said, adding that it isn’t too late to get the vaccine. “If we’re not getting vaccinated, we’re putting other people at risk.”

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