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Washington measles outbreak is causing concern among Idaho health officials

Washington measles outbreak is causing concern among Idaho health officials

One child has been hospitalized.

The number of cases has continued to rise, with 34 confirmed and nine suspected cases of the disease.

One case also has been confirmed in King County, which is home to Seattle and one was confirmed Friday evening in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland.

And public health officials like Sammons have expressed concern over the small but growing number of unvaccinated children in the United States. One adult is infected, and the rest are teenagers.

Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency affecting all of Washington on Friday due to an ongoing measles outbreak in two counties.

Officials in OR and Idaho have issued warnings.

The U.S. government recommends two vaccines that help prevent measles. The agency noted the outbreaks were associated with travelers who brought measles back from Israel.

Measles was eradicated in the US after a safe and cheap vaccine was developed in 1963, but in recent years, outbreaks from NY to California have sickened hundreds.

A growing measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest is spreading fear among many parents.

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.

People who choose not to vaccinate their children are underestimating the dangers of the illness, said Melnick, who himself had measles as a child, before the vaccine was commonplace.

People with measles are usually quite ill.

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"It's one of the most contagious viruses we have".

"Vaccines are really important to keep kids and other people healthy and safe".

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

"It's all hands on deck".

"We should all be anxious when a vaccine-preventable illness is coming back into our country", Sammons said.

"Anti-vaxxer" parents and activists in Washington and nearby OR have been calling on the states to not require the measles vaccines.

The best protection against measles is vaccination, the centre said. Vaccine exemptions in OR increased from just 1 percent in 2000 to 7.5 percent in the 2016-2017 school year, according to PBS.

There is no scientific link between vaccines and autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most recent data available here.

The full vaccine is 97 percent effective and provides immunity for life.

Both Washington and OR allow vaccine exemptions for personal and philosophical reasons. Although it's not clear where he became infected, the man said he'd recently traveled to Clark County. Measles symptoms tend to manifest seven to 21 days after exposure. Patients remain contagious for four days after they develop the rash. 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. Ninety percent of people exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated will get it, public health officials said.

Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of high fever, malaise and red eyes, followed by a rash that starts on the head and moves down the body.