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Washington Governor declares state of emergency over measles outbreak

Washington Governor declares state of emergency over measles outbreak

There were 38 confirmed cases in Washington and OR in 2018. And the potentially deadly disease is making a comeback mostly in unvaccinated children: Of the total reported cases, 32 were in unvaccinated people, 25 of whom were children under the age of 10. For more information about the measles outbreak, check out this FAQ from Jackson County Public Health, or follow the or and Washington state investigation.

"I would hope that this ends soon, but this could go on for weeks, if not months", said Dr. Alan Melnick, public health director in Clark County, Washington, just north of Portland.

There are 40 confirmed cases in the Northwest, including 38 clustered in southwest Washington, one in Portland and one in Seattle.

The most serious risk is to children who haven't yet received all of their vaccines, and others who can't be vaccinated for medical reasons (for example, because their immune system is suppressed due to another illness). "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".

And in the US, 18 states allow parents to opt-out of vaccinations for personal beliefs.

Failure to vaccinate children lowers what is known as the "herd immunity" of any given population, making it much easier for diseases to spread between individuals who haven't been vaccinated. Women should make sure they are protected from rubella before they get pregnant. One to three cases out of every 1,000 are fatal, he said. Plano and Fort Worth were specifically mentioned for high exemption rates.

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OR state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat and family physician, dropped an attempt to revoke the state's non-medical exemption in 2015 after virulent opposition.

A bill supported by some Democrats in the state Legislature's majority would ban all non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for children in NY.

In Washington state, legislation that would have removed the personal or philosophical belief allowance never made it to the House floor for a vote in 2015 amid stiff opposition. Another anti-vaccination group, Informed Choice Washington, had its members at the statehouse on Thursday trying to dissuade lawmakers. "The good news is that Utah has no measles cases". Schools in Idaho, Shoshone, Lemhi, Valley and Camas counties also had double-digit exemption rates. Parents who don't want to immunize their children can homeschool or enroll their children in independent study at the local public school. But it is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases in the United States.

The CDC also says 81 people brought measles into the USA from other countries last year-the greatest number of imported cases since the measles was eliminated from the U.S.in 2000.

You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before he or she has a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.


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