Number Of Rockland Measles Cases Increases As Bill Is Introduced Regarding Vaccines

Phillip Cunningham
February 3, 2019

There were 38 confirmed cases in Washington and OR in 2018.

Officials in the state of Washington have declared a state of emergency after a recent outbreak of measles, where there have been 36 confirmed cases across two counties. The law passed in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the US and into Canada.

"I would hope that this ends soon, but this could go on for weeks, if not months", Alan Melnick, public health director for Clark County told The Associated Press. Ninety percent of people exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated will get it, health officials said. The county has had most of the diagnosed cases so far.

"Now is a great time for all families to take action by reviewing their vaccination records and be sure that everyone is up to date and has completed the vaccination series for measles", health officials said. For more information on the current measles outbreak, please visit Washington State 2019 Measles Outbreak.

Of the confirmed cases, most patients were under 10 and at least 34 patients were not immunized. "It's still out there, even though it's been debunked, that the measles vaccine results in autism".

"My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is now a measles outbreak in my state", she wrote, according toBored Panda.

Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose. Vaccinations are free for children and low cost for adults at area hospitals through a partnership with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, as well, which partners with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital's free vaccination clinics for children. Washington also has a higher-than-average percentage of vaccine exemptions. Only one case occurred in a person who was vaccinated. The MMR shot is safe and effective at preventing measles, mumps and rubella.

Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the United States died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash. And the worst part of the measles outbreak would be that this virus is deadly for the majority of newborns and individuals with a weak immune system.

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