The Arkansas Health Department said Tuesday the state is dealing with a measles epidemic, with more than 2,000 confirmed cases in the first five days of March.
Arkansas Public Health Director John Brown said the state has identified a number of areas where people are being exposed to measles and a “high risk for further outbreaks” in the coming days.
Brown said he believes that the outbreak is a result of a lack of vaccinations in the state, which has had its vaccination rates at the highest level in the country.
“We have not had enough vaccinations,” Brown said.
“So we need to get as many people vaccinated as possible.”
The outbreak has affected more than 4,000 people in the U.S. Brown says he has not heard of any deaths due to the virus.
“I’m confident that it is not an epidemic,” Brown told reporters at a news conference.
“The risk is low, and I think we will have a very, very limited impact on the state’s economy.
We have not seen the impact on employment.
We will be monitoring this closely.” “
But we don’t know the exact impact yet, because it is too early to tell what is going to happen.
We will be monitoring this closely.”
Brown said that at least some of the cases were in Arkansas’ eastern region, where there have been a lot of cases.
Brown also said that the state does not have the capacity to handle the situation in the rest of the country, which is the main focus of the outbreak.
Brown noted that the Arkansas Health Authority is sending people to a local hospital to have tests and see if they have the virus and are contagious.
“That will determine if they should be put on a plane and sent back to Arkansas,” Brown added.
Arkansas’ governor is urging residents to get vaccinated and that the governor has ordered all public health workers to get shots.
Governor Asa Hutchinson says he wants people to get the measles vaccine in a timely fashion.
Governor Hutchinson says it’s too soon to tell how widespread the outbreak will be.
Hutchinson said he is also urging parents to keep their children home from school on Wednesday.
He said the outbreak has been spreading quickly, and he wants to help make sure people understand that.
He says the measles can be prevented if people are getting vaccinated.
The governor said he also wants to remind people that the measles virus is contagious, so people need to be careful.
“It is possible that people who are infected can spread the virus,” Hutchinson said.
He also urged parents to be cautious about sharing personal items with their children, and said that he will be meeting with health officials to make sure that every child who wants to have their first measles vaccine gets one.