Measles cases confirmed in Monroe County

01 February, 2019, 17:23 | Author: Lillian Steele
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Since January 1, 2019, there have been 25 confirmed instances of measles and 12 suspected cases in Clark County.

A measles outbreak is sweeping through Portland, a hotspot for the anti-vaccination movement, and neighboring Clark County in Washington state.

Medical experts call it an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination rates in an anti-vaccination U.S. These locations include a Costco, an IKEA, the Portland airport, and the basketball arena where the Portland Trail Blazers play. Years after the measles vaccine was introduced in the United States in 1963, officials considered the illness eradicated in the country. A person can spread the virus before they show symptoms.

Officials still are not sure where the Pacific Northwest outbreak began.

The state of emergency directs state agencies and departments to use their resources to assist affected areas in their response.

Idaho authorities have issued warnings, as well.

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. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it is unknown if others were sick before that and chose not to seek treatment.

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Health officials tell WXXI News that the two students had not been vaccinated against measles.

With measles apparently making a comeback in the U.S., Seattle Children's Hospital pediatrician Douglas J. Opel said that preventive steps need to be made urgently.

Many of these objections stem from the anti-vaccine movement, recently declared one of the biggest threats to humanity by the World Health Organization.

"It's (the vaccine's) nearly 97 or 98 percent effective if you've taken the two doses", Vaid said.

- If your child has only received one dose of the MMR Vaccine, take them to get a second dose from their primary care provider as soon as possible.

Infants are more likely to be susceptible to the disease, and she says children whose parents have intentionally not vaccinated them are at the highest risk. It can remain in the air for up to two hours in an isolated space.

Every time an unvaccinated person who has been exposed to measles goes out in public, "it starts that clock over again", Armstrong said. Serious complications such pneumonia and brain infections can arise from the disease in some cases.

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