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Atlanta Airport puts high-risk area for measles, study says

Atlanta has largely avoided the appearance of measles. A threat can change it: the world's busiest airport. It was enough to land Clayton County among the 25 US counties most at risk of outbreaks, according to a study published Thursday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a peer-reviewed medical journal. Clayton, home to Hartsfield-Jackson International, was ranked 21st. exceptions from childhood vaccinations. The three largest-risk counties were Cook County, Illinois, Los Angeles County, California and Miami-Dade County, Florida, according to the study. Since January, there have been more than 750 confirmed measles cases in 23 states, almost twice as many as last year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The year's figure is already the highest number reported since the virus was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. Most cases are linked to international travel. This is when an unvaccinated traveler returns the virus to the United States from countries with ongoing outbreaks and then exposes the virus to people who are not vaccinated. The increase is mainly a result of some major outbreaks in Washington and New York, according to the CDC. There have been only six reported cases in Georgia &#821 1; three family members in two separate families. None were vaccinated. And no one lives in Clayton County. <! – -> Georgia's vaccination rates are relatively high, although the state allows for medical or religious reasons. A CDC analysis of a national 2017 immunization study showed that 1.3% of children born in 2015 had…

Atlanta has largely avoided the appearance of measles.

A threat can change it: the world’s busiest airport.

It was enough to land Clayton County among the 25 US counties most at risk of outbreaks, according to a study published Thursday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a peer-reviewed medical journal. Clayton, home to Hartsfield-Jackson International, was ranked 21st. exceptions from childhood vaccinations.

The three largest-risk counties were Cook County, Illinois, Los Angeles County, California and Miami-Dade County, Florida, according to the study.

Since January, there have been more than 750 confirmed measles cases in 23 states, almost twice as many as last year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The year’s figure is already the highest number reported since the virus was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.

Most cases are linked to international travel. This is when an unvaccinated traveler returns the virus to the United States from countries with ongoing outbreaks and then exposes the virus to people who are not vaccinated.

The increase is mainly a result of some major outbreaks in Washington and New York, according to the CDC. There have been only six reported cases in Georgia &#821

1; three family members in two separate families. None were vaccinated. And no one lives in Clayton County.

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Georgia’s vaccination rates are relatively high, although the state allows for medical or religious reasons. A CDC analysis of a national 2017 immunization study showed that 1.3% of children born in 2015 had not received a recommended vaccination, up from 0.9% in 2011. In Georgia, estimated 0.8% of children under the age of three have not had some vaccinations.

But 300,000 passengers go through Hartsfield-Jackson every day. It includes travelers from Brazil, Israel, Japan, the Philippines and Ukraine, five countries for which the CDC has issued travel announcements for outbreaks of measles. The Atlanta-based agency estimates that 10 million people around the world receive measles every year and about 110,000 die from it.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, responsible for security at Hartsfield-Jackson, said on Thursday it has closely coordinated policies and procedures with the CDC at all entry ports. It said CBP staff are reviewing all travelers entering the US for “obvious signs of disease”, including visual observation, questioning, and disclosure of the CDC.

Fairs can be contagious four days before a rash occurs, but it makes it difficult for an observer to distinguish the disease from colds or allergies.

The virus spreads in the air by coughing and sneezing. It usually begins with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat. It is so contagious that an unvaccinated person can get measles just by being in a room where a measles has been, even up to two hours after the person left, according to the CDC.

Sometimes, the CDC is reported on a sick traveler while an aircraft is still in the air, although the agency and its partners normally learn about the disease after a flight. For example, someone in a hospital with the measles ends up and a caregiver decides from a patient’s travel history that other air passengers may have been in danger. This is when the health authorities work to track down where the patient has been and who needs to be notified and screened.

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Hartsfield-Jackson is one of the 20 US entry ports with quarantine stations staffed by healthcare professionals from the CDC.

A record 81 flights in the United States . was examined in 2018 to carry at least one person who is contagious to measles, up from 15 surveys 2017 and 10 in 2016, according to the CDC. Of the 106 aircraft, 66 were on domestic routes and the rest were incoming from foreign airports. The CDC did not provide figures for individual airports.

Clayton County referred questions to the CDC.

Sahotra Sarkar, lead author of the Lancet study and a professor at Texas University, requests a yellow card, an international vaccination certificate required to enter the United States for travelers from countries with abuse of measles.

A CDC spokesman said the agency is not considering the yellow card at this time.

The study’s authors warned of the most at-risk areas not yet reported are the case near international airports, such as Travis County in Texas, Honolulu County, Salt Lake County and several Florida counties.

Fairs can cause serious complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis or brain swelling. For every 1000 children who receive measles, one or two will die from it, according to the CDC.

A new CDC report shows that there have been at least two cases of pneumonia, but no deaths, so far this year among those sickened in the US with measles.

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