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Measles Outbreak Worsens In Washington As Governor Declares Public Health Emergency

Measles Outbreak Worsens In Washington As Governor Declares Public Health Emergency

The measles vaccine is very effective. Let's not forget about diarrhea, ear infection, pneumonia, seizures, blindness and inflammation of the brain, all possible side effects of measles.

With immunization rates in places like Payette County and Washington County at 13 and 35 percent, respectively, the outbreak's impact on Idaho could be big. In the 2004-2005 school year, 96 percent of Clark County kindergartners had been vaccinated against the measles, KATU 2 reports.

"What keeps me up at night is eventually having a child die from this completely preventable situation", he said.

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or their county health department.

A growing measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest is spreading fear among many parents.

Of 22 people with confirmed cases, 21 are children, county officials said.

"Many countries throughout the world either do not place a priority on or do not have access to vaccinations, so as people from the United States travel overseas, especially individuals who have not been vaccinated, the likelihood of bringing the disease back here and exposing people at home increases". It can also be hard to catch early signs of the illness; symptoms generally start to appear seven to 14 days after infection, meaning that people can spread the disease before they know they are sick. Some 90 percent of people exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated will get it, said Clark County public health director Alan Melnick. The locations are now considered safe because the virus can only live up to two hours in airspace where an infected person coughed or sneezed.

"However, if you're not protected, if your child doesn't have the measles shot, now's the time to go visit your doctor to ask if it's time for them to get that shot". To find a public health unit anywhere in the province, see the site finder on ImmunizeBC.ca. The non-vaccinated children entering schools was 1 percent in 2000 and has risen to 7.5 percent in 2016-17. Nine other cases were in children between 11 and 18 with only one confirmed case appearing in a patient aged between 19 and 29, according to ABC News.

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They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Walmart Supercenter in Vancouver, Washington. The vaccination status of four others who were infected is unknown.

But the USA actually eliminated measles once upon a time: Less than two decades ago, only a small number of Americans still contracted the disease by traveling overseas (or coming in contact with those who had).

An outbreak like the one in Washington shows how easily the disease can spread among unvaccinated children and that once there is a pocket of the measles, it can easily spread.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the U.S. At least 31 of those sick were not vaccinated.

Before the measles vaccine was introduced in the USA in 1963, there were 4 million measles cases with 48,000 hospitalizations and 500 deaths in the United States every year.

The vaccine provides protection against the illness well into adulthood, but Sammons warns that for those who are too young to be vaccinated or who have chosen not to vaccinate, the illness can be highly contagious and even deadly. The outbreak is being closely monitored and one person has been taken to the hospital.

She said the legislation passed in California for two reasons.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who have not been immunized but believe they have been exposed to the airborne virus, get the MMR vaccine. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and red eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks.


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