Washington declares public health emergency after measles outbreak of mostly unvaccinated children

Measles outbreak in Washington State leads BCCDC to advise people on immunization updating

So far in 2019, a single case of measles was reported in B.C.in an adult traveller returning from the Philippines.

Measles, the highly contagious and previously eliminated viral illness, has been spreading in communities across the United States in recent weeks, with Washington declaring a state of emergency last week and NY reporting in 2018 its second largest outbreak over the past two decades.

Lane County Public Health (LCPH) has issued a general health alert after 22 cases of measles had been confirmed in Southwest Washington as of Tuesday - with one confirmed case in Portland last Friday. According to the Oregon Health Authority, some of the cases in Oregon have been linked to the outbreak in Washington. In recent years, however, the viral illness has popped up again from NY to California and sickened hundreds. Here in Kern County, we tend to have good vaccination rates, so many of our residents are immune and can not catch measles.

"Anti-vaxxer" parents and activists in Washington and nearby OR have been calling on the states to not require the measles vaccines.

The final confirmed case involved a patient between 19 and 29 years old.

It's one of the most contagious diseases known to medicine. The virus can spread in a person four days before the onset of the rash associated with measles, so people carrying the virus can spread it to others before even knowing they have the disease. 90% of people who are not immune to measles will become infected if exposed to it. Her reaction is said to have sprung from an experience with her middle child, who purportedly had severe reactions to vaccination.

The pediatricians' group supports only medical exemptions, such as for children undergoing chemotherapy, since the vaccine could be harmful to them.

You should immunize your children.

Rigler said in 2017 and 2018, no Arizona residents had measles. One dose of measles vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus.

They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it is unknown if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment.

Public health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.

And once there are pockets of disease, the possibility of a measles outbreak increases. Health officials anticipate that the outbreak will rapidly expand. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it isn't known if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment. The first MMR dose is recommended at 12 months, the second at 4 to 6 years old. Most people who are diagnosed as having measles are not vaccinated or did not know their vaccination status. If you suspect that you may be at risk, speak to your doctor and find out how you can effectively protect yourself.

"It only takes one infected person to enter the state of Arizona and cause an outbreak here in this state, and that's why it's important that everyone be vaccinated". She hasn't felt comfortable leaving the house with him and worries he might be vulnerable without a vaccine. The virus can live for up to two hours wherever an infected person has coughed or sneezed.

People who choose not to vaccinate their children are underestimating the dangers of the illness, said Melnick, who himself had measles as a child, before the vaccine was commonplace. Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth, and three to five days after symptoms, a rash may break out, beginning as flat red spots on the face at the hairline that spread down to the neck, trunk, arms and feet.

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