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Inslee declares state of emergency over Washington measles outbreak

Inslee declares state of emergency over Washington measles outbreak

Washington's state Govoner declared a state of emergency following a measles outbreak unfolding in Clark County on January 25.

A measles outbreak is sweeping through Portland, a hotspot for the anti-vaccination movement, and neighboring Clark County in Washington state.

In 2000, the US healthcare department announced that measles has been eliminated because of a well-distributed vaccination program.

Public health officials in Washington say people may have been exposed to the unsafe disease at more than three dozen locations, including Portland International Airport, a Portland Trail Blazers game, an Amazon locker location and stores such as Costco and IKEA. The measles vaccine is very effective.

Health authorities in Seattle reported Wednesday, January 23, 2019, that a male in his fifties who had visited Clark County was hospitalized with measles.

Officials still are not sure where the Pacific Northwest outbreak began.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Friday after dozens came down with the highly infectious disease in Washington's southernmost county. Authorities in neighboring OR and Idaho have issued warnings.

So far, Clark County Public Health has found that 20 of those with the disease had not been immunized.

The CDC says that typically individuals get measles overseas in areas where immunization rates are low, and then spread the illness in pockets of unvaccinated people. For now, public health officials are focused on preventing additional exposure.

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

The measles vaccination rate for 2-year-olds in Multnomah County, home to Portland, was 87 percent in 2017, according to state data.

"The measles is now only being reintroduced because children are not being 100 percent vaccinated", says Dr. Schaffner. The CDC says in the province children receive two doses of measles-containing vaccine during routine immunization.

However, "People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance", it warned.

The virus, spread by coughing or sneezing, can remain in the air for up to two hours in an isolated space. He also urged people who have not received the vaccine to get it now.

"Some people say, 'Why would you get vaccinated for something that is no worse than a cold?'" says Leman.

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