Washington Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Measles Outbreak

Phillip Cunningham
January 30, 2019

A growing measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest is spreading fear among many parents. At the time there were 26 confirmed measles cases. She said the anti-vaccination pamphlet has been distributed throughout Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community where 62 children have contracted the disease.

"Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children", Gov. Inslee stated in his proclamation.

The best protection against measles is vaccination, the centre said.

HB-1638 would only apply to measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines in the "philosophical or personal objections" category. To find a public health unit anywhere in the province, see the site finder on ImmunizeBC.ca.

Measles usually lasts 7 to 10 days. In 2018, six cases of measles were reported by B.C. residents, two cases acquired during travel to India and Philippines.

So far, King County has reported the only adult case, a man in his 50s who was hospitalized but has since recovered.


But the US actually eliminated measles once upon a time: Less than two decades ago, only a small number of Americans still contracted the disease by traveling overseas (or coming in contact with those who had).

Health officials in OR have raised concerns that the virus could easily cross the border.

They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington.

But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world. However, state laws allowing parents to opt out of mandatory vaccinations quickly began eroding those statistics, leading to outbreaks across the nation. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it is unknown if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment. The typical recommendations are that children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, the first between 12 to 15 months of age and the second between 4 and 6 years old.

The full vaccine is 97 percent effective and provides immunity for life. The outbreak is being closely monitored and one person has been taken to the hospital.

Smith has an appointment to get her son vaccinated as soon as he's eligible - the day after he turns 1. Because carriers can spread the virus through the air before they ever get symptoms, they could easily have flown while capable of making others sick. "However, the majority of people exposed to measles are not at-risk of developing the disease since most people have either been vaccinated or have had measles in the past, before vaccination became routine".

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