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Washington measles: Confirmed case in King County

Washington measles: Confirmed case in King County”

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.

In Clark County, where the outbreak has been centered, the number of cases rose to 25 as of Thursday, with a dozen more suspected cases under investigation, said Dr. Scott Lindquist, epidemiologist for communicable diseases with the Department of Health.

Public health experts are sounding alarms about the geographical clustering of people who refuse to immunize themselves, which creates vulnerabilities despite the overall high rate of vaccination.

Deadly measles complications, which affect about 1 in every 1,000 measles patients, can include pneumonia, encephalitis (brain swelling), and a rare disease called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) that doesn't show up until 7 to 10 years after a person's had the measles.

Just 1 percent of kids who were exempted from vaccination past year in Washington were excused for medical reasons. County officials on Friday declared a public health emergency over the outbreak. "Vancouver is in Clark County, where there is a measles outbreak occurring".

"Public Health is continuing to identify and contact potential measles cases, and identify possible locations of public exposure."
Measles causes encephalitis and pneumonia and before mass vaccination began in the 1980s, measles killed almost 2.6 million people a year, according to the World Health Organization.

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared that measles was effectively "eliminated" in the USA, because the disease was not being transmitted continuously, year-round anymore, and there were fewer than 100 cases per year. An outbreak is generally defined as three or more linked cases of measles infections.

"Portland is a total train wreck when it comes to vaccine rates", Hotez said in an interview with The Post.

"In 2018, 349 individual cases of measles were confirmed in 26 states and the District of Columbia".

Measles is "one of the most serious infectious diseases known to humankind", according to Hotez, who noted that the virus has become the leading killer of children following the eradication of smallpox in 1980, WaPo reported.

Although some people argue that measles is a relatively harmless childhood illness, it can kill.

Both counties have pockets where large numbers of children are not vaccinated. Orthodox Jewish communities were at the center of a series of outbreaks a year ago in NY and New Jersey, after unvaccinated travelers brought the virus back from Israel, which was battling an outbreak. This would reduce the chances of healthy people getting infected by the disease.

Measles, which was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 thanks to vaccination, is now seeing a resurgence due to people choosing not to vaccinate.

"It's not a benign illness", Opel said.

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