Measles outbreaks make 2018 a near-record year for US

Major measles outbreak strikes anti-vaxxer stronghold in Washington state

Emergency declared in Oregon for measles outbreak in anti-vaccine hotspot

In 2018, 349 individual cases of measles were confirmed in 26 states, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Although someone suffering from measles had gone for the National Basketball Association game held on January 1, none of the residents of OR was affected by the virus.

The Clark County Public Health said Thursday the people newly confirmed to have measles have stayed home, preventing additional exposures to the public. The CDC recommends children get two doses of the vaccine. Infected people also visited Portland International Airport, schools, churches, stores, restaurants throughout Washington Clark County.

According to the CDC, 2018 was the second-worst year for measles cases since 2000.

Public Health Seattle & King County said Wednesday that the man in his 50s was hospitalized but has been released.

There are now 23 confirmed cases and two suspected cases of the highly contagious virus in the town near Portland, Ore., according to Clark County Public Health.

At least thirty eight schools in Seattle have a rate of 90 percent or below for measles immunizations.

Just 1 percent of kids who were exempted from vaccination a year ago in Washington were excused for medical reasons. "Measles outbreaks are of particular concern because measles is so highly transmissible and is associated with high morbidities, leading to hospitalization and sometimes permanent neurological injury or even death".

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"Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room", the post said. The Portland, Oregon, area, just across the Columbia River from Clark County, is one of those hotspots.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 17 separate outbreaks contributing to that country's 2018 total, including three largely linked to unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities in NY and New Jersey.

"Portland is a total train wreck when it comes to vaccine rates", Hotez said in an interview with The Post.

Measles was declared eliminated in the 2000, meaning any new cases of the virus on USA soil past that point had originated outside the country and the virus was not able to survive in the US on its own.

In 2014, there were 667 cases reported to the agency. People can spread measles before they have the characteristic measles rash. Measles virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after someone infectious with measles leaves the area. Recently, children are not being vaccinated.

Measles complications can include ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, and rarely, encephalitis (brain inflammation).

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