Washington Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Measles Outbreak

Washington governor declares state of emergency over measles outbreak

Measles outbreak prompts state of emergency declaration by Washington governor

Although no cases of measles related to an outbreak in Washington state have been reported in B.C., the province's centre for disease control (BCCDC) is warning British Columbians about travelling to the affected communities. Clark County's immunization rate for school-aged children is 78 percent, and a large majority of these cases were in children who were not vaccinated.

There are another nine suspected cases.

A measles vaccine at Miami Children's Hospital on January 28, 2015. In recent years, however, the viral illness has popped up again from NY to California and sickened hundreds.

As of Monday there 35 confirmed cases in Clark County and one case in King County. The measles vaccine is 98 percent effective.

Cieslak said the incubation period for measles lasts about two weeks.

In 30 of the 34 confirmed cases, individuals were not immunized, health officials said. Rep. Paul Harris, who represents Clark County, says his bill in the House is aiming to get personal exemptions off the table only when it comes to the measles. People with measles can infect others before the onset of symptoms like fever and rash.

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

The measles is highly contagious and can be deadly if small kids get it.

"It's their lives on the line, honestly, if they're not vaccinated and something like this happens, then what am I going to do to save them?" The measles vaccine is available as a combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and is available from your local health unit, family doctor, and many pharmacists. Public health officials are focused for now on preventing more exposures. In two cases the infection was acquired during travel out of Canada (India and Philippines, respectively), and four from imported cases. In 2019, a single case of measles was reported by an adult traveller returning from the Philippines. "Anytime you fall below the 95 percent coverage level diseases can spread a lot more easily", Koenig said.

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Officials in OR and Idaho have issued warnings.

Thirty-one of the confirmed patients had not been vaccinated against measles.

The vaccine has been part of routine childhood shots for decades, and measles was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000.

What is measles, how does it spread?

Measles was eradicated in the USA after a safe and cheap vaccine was developed in 1963, but in recent years, outbreaks from NY to California have sickened hundreds. However, state laws allowing parents to opt out of mandatory vaccinations quickly began eroding those statistics, leading to outbreaks across the nation.

The first known patients in this outbreak sought medical care on December 31, but officials don't know if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment, the AP reported.

Children receive the first vaccine between 12 and 15 months old and the second vaccine between ages 4 and 6.

She also urges anyone who is concerned about measles to speak to a health care provider before coming into the office. They live in Camas, Washington, where at least one infected person spent time while contagious.

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