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Measles Outbreak Grows in Northwest US, 31 Cases Reported

Measles Outbreak Grows in Northwest US, 31 Cases Reported”

As of Monday there 35 confirmed cases in Clark County and one case in King County.

Thus far in Washington, no cases have been in children under the age of 1, which Swanson believes is at least partly because local officials have been dogged in their efforts to track exactly where infected individuals have been (schools, daycares, health centers, grocery stores, etc.) so parents with babies can stay away.

"Measles is one of the most highly contagious diseases known", Sammons said.

SOLOMON: The outbreak started in southwest Washington's Clark County but has been spreading.

Under Inslee's declaration, state agencies can use all available resources to help affected areas and additional medical resources can be requested from other states.

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"For decades, vaccines were given and compliance was very high, and there are a lot of people, especially in the US, who have no experience with these vaccine-preventable illnesses", Deese said. The proposed legislation was sent to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.

These states have particularly high levels - or "hot spots" - of unvaccinated children and are vulnerable to measles outbreaks, according to a study by Hotez and his colleagues that published past year.

Last week, a person infected with measles attended a Portland Trail Blazers home game in OR amid the outbreak. Because carriers can spread the virus through the air before they ever get symptoms, they could easily have flown while capable of making others sick. Children in Alaska must have received the immunization to attend school. Washington and OR are two of 18 USA states that allow this.

HB-1638 would only apply to measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines in the "philosophical or personal objections" category.

The current state of emergency in Washington state points to the danger-on the basis of unsubstantiated and antiscientific theories-of measles and other diseases, long thought to be eradicated in North America and Europe, to reemerge.

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A measles outbreak in Washington State has triggered a state of emergency. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person, and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

Measles is a highly contagious virus and can cause permanent brain damage and in some cases can be fatal. She said the anti-vaccination pamphlet has been distributed throughout Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community where 62 children have contracted the disease.

"Cases of measles, while not widespread in the United States, are not uncommon and measles is circulating in the United States and internationally".

But the US 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). This is much higher than the national average of children unvaccinated for nonmedical reasons, which is estimated at 2 percent nationally.

Two confirmed cases of measles in Hawaii were in unvaccinated children who traveled to Hawaii from Washington state. To this day, it still kills 100,000 children a year worldwide, most under the age of five. I have immunity because I got the vaccine but I'm also protecting people around me due to the herd.

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