Measles Outbreak Sparks State of Emergency in Washington

Measles Outbreak Sparks State of Emergency in Washington

Measles Outbreak Sparks State of Emergency in Washington

Individuals with confirmed cases were reported by LCPH to have traveled throughout the Portland Metro area during their communicable period, prompting health officials to issue a warning down the I-5 corridor. 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. On Jan. 7 someone with measles was at Portland International airport, while another infected person went to the Portland Trail Blazers game on Jan. 11. There are certain procedures in place for taking care of patients with measles.

As concerning as measles outbreaks are, she also reminds parents that many other viruses are far more common.

A large sign outside urgent care alerts patients who have measles symptoms, like a runny nose or a high fever, to put on a mask before entering the waiting room.

"The fact is, this never would have happened if all of those children were immunized, or even if majority were immunized", John Lynch, medical director of infection control at UW Medicine's Harborview Medical Center, told HuffPost.

Now there are ongoing measles outbreaks in the United States in NY and the Pacific Northwest. Two doses are about 97 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Before the vaccine became available in the '60s and we started mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the USA died every year", Melnick explained.

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). The disease is so contagious that 90 per cent of unvaccinated people who are exposed will catch it.

Doctors say the county has become an anti-vaxxer "hotspot" and that the only way to curb the crisis is to ban non-medical exemptions completely.

The most recognizable symptom is a red, blotchy rash.

In 2018, 17 outbreaks and 349 cases have been reported in 27 jurisdictions of the United States. Health officials anticipate that the outbreak will rapidly expand.

It also means they can reach out to other states they need to.

"This can be a serious disease, and you need to get on top of these things quickly in order to prevent really significant spread", Inslee said.

The pediatricians' group supports only medical exemptions, such as for children undergoing chemotherapy, since the vaccine could be harmful to them. "Being vaccinated provides very good protection against the measles". It can remain in the air for up to two hours in an isolated space.

The MMR vaccine should be administered at 12 months of age, followed by a second dose at age 4 to 6. The disease is contagious from approximately four days before the characteristic rash appears to four days after the rash appears. This particular outbreak has spread to 31 people who were not immunized and four people who were "unverified".

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