Clark County Public Health reported no new confirmed or suspected measles cases Sunday, marking eight days since the last fresh case was revealed.The county also hasn’t found any new exposure locations, according to a Sunday news release. For a complete list of exposure sites, visit our measles exposure site webpage.Of the 70 confirmed cases since Jan. 1, 51 involve children younger than 11. There are 15 cases between the ages of 11 and 18, one between the ages of 19 and 29, and three between the ages of 30 and 39.In 61 cases, patients were not immunized; seven others have an unverified vaccination status. In two cases, patients had received one of the two recommended doses of the vaccine.For more information on the outbreak, visit Clark County Public Health’s measles investigation webpage.What to do if you might be infectedThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person, and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.
Sen. John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, is planning to re-introduce a bill to increase maximum loan amounts to grant farmers the flexibility they need to operate in times of low commodity prices.The Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act would increase the maximum loan amount that an individual farmer, producer or rancher is able to receive under the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Direct and Guaranteed Loan Programs for Farm Operating Loans and Farm Ownership Loans.The American Soybean Association (ASA) supports this legislation, which would allow growers to continue operating their farms, even during tough years when revenue is low. In June, ASA wrote to Congressional appropriators, asking for additional funding for FSA loan programs, as debt to asset ratios, working capital and cash flow are projected to weaken further this year and “FSA loans serve as an important lifeline for many distressed producers.”“Inadequately funding FSA would be a disservice to our hardworking farmers and ranchers, who are dedicated to feeding our nation and the world,” the letter states.Click here to read the letter.