Hawaii quarantines Washington kids till they beat measles: ‘They are gone, thankfully’

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Washington Department of Health officials have declared a state of emergency as they scramble to contain a measles outbreak in two counties in the state.

So far, 23 cases of the highly contagious disease have been confirmed in Clark County since January 1, according to a Clark County Public Health report published on Tuesday. "These costs could have been prevented if we had everybody vaccinated".

Twenty-five of the Clark County cases are between the ages of 1 and 10; 10 are between 11 and 18; and one case is between 19 and 29. In 2018, six cases of measles were reported among BC residents: two cases acquired infection during travel out of Canada (India and Philippines, respectively), and four acquired infection from imported cases.

Washington Department of Health officials announced that as of Monday afternoon there have been 36 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases of the disease.

In a health alert from King County, it was said the man had recently traveled to Clark County.

The declaration will funnel the state's resources into tackling the problem head-on and doing "everything reasonably possible to assist affected political subdivisions", according to Inslee's proclamation. The proposed legislation was sent to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.

Governor Jay Inslee is calling this an "extreme public health risk that may quickly spread".

"While we do want to have a heightened level of concern and be aware of measles, there are many more much more common viruses that are circulating", she said.

According to the officials, one infected person attended a Portland Trailblazers home game and was probably a likely source of infection.

Anyone who suspects they may have the measles should call ahead before coming to a clinic or emergency department, to avoid exposing others to the virus, Castrodale said. "So when you think about parents bringing their children in for immunizations, it's not a disease that looms large in your memory". "It can have really serious complications. and it's entirely preventable with an incredibly cheap and safe vaccine", Melnick said. Washington state has introduced legislation to remove the personal vaccination exemption, but it's already facing opposition from some parents who feel the bill takes away their freedom. The other 16 are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Vermont.

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness.

Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose. Several days after these initial symptoms, an uncomfortable rash spreads from the face and neck downward through the rest of the body.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

In 1978, the CDC set a goal to eliminate measles from the United States by 1982.

A sign prohibiting all children under 12 and unvaccinated adults stands at the entrance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. Eighteen American states, including Washington and OR, allow parents to opt out of vaccinating their children due to "philosophical beliefs", reports CBS News. Measles was also a leading cause of death for children globally.

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