Washington Measles Outbreak Climbs While Other States Grapple with the Disease

Washington Measles Outbreak Climbs While Other States Grapple with the Disease

Public health officials say there are now 49 confirmed measles cases in the Pacific Northwest and seven suspected cases.

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

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In Clark County, Washington, 41 of the patients were not vaccinated against the highly contagious virus and the vaccination history of five people wasn't clear.

Since 1963, when the the vaccine was introduced, cases and deaths from measles in the United States and other developed countries have plummeted.


"So this is mostly a virus that's transmitted via infected respiratory particles through the air and, so, it's important for immunocompromised people to avoid sick and ill people and specifically we're talking children", Brust said. "If you don't have records, you can always call your doctor's office to get them or you can get a re-vaccination if you're not able to confirm you've been vaccinated", she added.

Even though Arizona does not now have a reported case of measles, the state has one of the highest rates of exemptions for at least one vaccine that's required for childcare, kindergarten or sixth grade. Those cases are mostly located in Rockland and Orange counties, about an hour and a half drive north of Manhattan. A lot of particular particulars concerning the instances in Houston haven't been publicly disclosed, together with how it's believed that the people contracted the illness and if they had been beforehand vaccinated. Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis is a progressive, usually fatal brain disorder occurring months to years after infection with measles. More than 95 percent of individuals who get the vaccine after 12 months of age will develop an immunity to all three viruses.

Children traveling overseas may need to be vaccinated before their first birthday, and women who are hoping to become pregnant should discuss vaccinations with their health care provider, as the MMR vaccine is not recommended during pregnancy. People are asked to go and vaccinate as soon as possible. According to World Health Organization, a vaccine-related adverse effect can be expected in one out of every 1 million doses of measles vaccine. The law passed in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the USA and into Canada. One victim had had one MMR vaccine, but not a follow-up shot.

Doctors play a central role in educating parents and/or caregivers on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines which are recommended by regulatory authorities.

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