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Washington Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Measles Outbreak

Washington Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Measles Outbreak”

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

In Oregon and Washington, people may have been exposed to the disease at about four dozen locations, including Portland International Airport and a Portland Trail Blazers game, officials said.

A measles vaccine at Miami Children's Hospital on January 28, 2015.

So far, Clark County has reported 35 confirmed cases of measles and 11 suspected cases. The majority of the cases involve children younger than 10. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it isn't known if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment.

It could be weeks or even months before the "exquisitely contagious" virus runs its course in Washington, Dr. Alan Melnick, the Clark County health officer, said Friday.

If his bill passes, any parent who sends their children to public school will not be allowed to use a personal exemption to not vaccinate their kids.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the U.S. "Many state courts have weighed in and the right to practice a religion, the right to choose, does not include the liberty to expose a community or a child to a disease", Harris said.

Vaccination rates in OR and Southwest Washington, where measles first broke out, are comparatively low.

In B.C., an analysis of the most recent years of data available show 87.3 per cent of children turning two had received one dose of measles vaccine, and 88.4 per cent of children turning seven had received two doses, according to the centre. "Almost everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the virus". Infected droplets from the individual with measles can spray into the air or land on a surface, where they remain active and contagious for hours.

She is working to combat misinformation that claims vaccines cause cancer, diabetes and autism - all disproven by the CDC.

Doctors say the full vaccine is 97 per cent effective and protects you for life. The disease is contagious from approximately four days before the characteristic rash appears to four days after the rash appears.

Those who are unvaccinated, travel internationally to developing countries or have a vitamin A deficiency are more likely to catch the disease.

Measles usually manifests as a combination of high fever, as high as 105 degrees Fahrenheit, along with what is known as the three Cs: cough, coryza (another word for runny nose), and conjunctivitis or pink eye, Sammons explained.

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