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Measles Outbreak
Health officials in Washington have declared a state of emergency and are urging immunization as they scramble to contain a measles outbreak in two counties, while the number of cases of the potentially deadly virus continues to climb in a region with lower than normal vaccination rates.

Washington Department of Health officials announced that as of Monday afternoon there have been 36 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases of the disease. That is a significant increase from Friday's reported numbers when Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency. At the time there were 26 confirmed measles cases.

In Friday's statement, Inslee said, "Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children. The existence of 26 confirmed cases in the state of Washington creates an extreme public health risk that may quickly spread to other counties."

Since then nine new cases have been confirmed, all in Clark County, which borders Portland, Ore., creating concern in that state as well.

Washington state epidemiologist Scott Lindquist told NPR's Patti Neighmond this is likely only the beginning of the epidemic since many of the families with infected children traveled to very public places, including Costco, Ikea, the Portland International Airport and the arena where the Trail Blazers play.

Lindquist added that officials are particularly concerned that "folks that are immuno-compromised — pregnant women, young kids and those that are unvaccinated — could be at risk for this disease" without realizing it because the telltale measles rash might not appear for four days into the sickness. As a result, people may not know they are carrying the disease and could easily unwittingly expose others to the extremely contagious virus.

Measles virus travels through the air. It can be contracted without even being near a person with the virus because it lingers for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with the measles has been. It can cause serious complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis, and can be deadly. Inslee notes, "Almost everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed."

Clark County Public Health has identified 35 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases since Jan. 1, when it first began investigating the outbreak. In all but four instances, the person who had contracted the disease had not been immunized. In the remaining cases, authorities had not yet verified their immunization status.

The majority of those infected were children, with 25 of the 35 confirmed cases impacting children under 10 years old.


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Measles Outbreak - skyblue1 - 01-29-2019 10:48 PM
RE: Measles Outbreak - Captain Jigglypuff - 01-30-2019, 03:11 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - MM - 01-30-2019, 03:17 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - Captain Jigglypuff - 01-30-2019, 03:27 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - 142857 - 01-30-2019, 07:56 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - d_olson27 - 01-31-2019, 12:29 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - MM - 01-31-2019, 06:24 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - d_olson27 - 01-31-2019, 12:26 PM
RE: Measles Outbreak - MM - 02-01-2019, 12:06 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - d_olson27 - 02-01-2019, 08:54 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - 142857 - 02-01-2019, 09:49 PM
RE: Measles Outbreak - MM - 02-02-2019, 04:46 PM
RE: Measles Outbreak - d_olson27 - 02-03-2019, 04:29 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - d_olson27 - 02-03-2019, 04:34 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - MM - 02-05-2019, 02:51 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - d_olson27 - 02-11-2019, 05:02 AM
RE: Measles Outbreak - MM - 02-13-2019, 11:34 AM



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