Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Measles outbreak strikes 16 in Washington state, principally in unvaccinated children

Major measles outbreak strikes anti-vaxxer stronghold in Washington state Emergency declared in Oregon for measles outbreak in anti-vaccine hotspot
Ben Pena | 25 January, 2019, 18:25

Public health officials in Clark County, Wash., said Wednesday that they were aware of 23 confirmed cases and seven suspected cases of measles had been identified in the county since January 1.

"Measles is a highly contagious disease and if you don't have immunity, you can get it just by being in a room where a person with measles has been", said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County.

Because measles is among the most highly contagious of all infectious diseases, it is bound to spring up in areas with low vaccination rates, Hotez said.

Just 1 percent of kids who were exempted from vaccination a year ago in Washington were excused for medical reasons.

Clark County Public Health is asking students and staff without proof of vaccination to stay away from schools that health officials identified as possible exposure sites.

Because measles is still endemic in parts of the world, said Opel, "periodic introduction by people traveling is what's causing frequent outbreaks here".

"This is something I've predicted for a while now", he said of the public health emergency in Clark County.

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Australian Medical Association WA president Dr Omar Khorshid said that most measles cases were the result of unvaccinated people becoming infected while overseas.

One or two of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Distrust of vaccines is behind outbreaks among Jewish communities in and around New York City, local health officials say.

Doctors are anxious that a trend in global travel is fuelling a surge in measles cases, with three alerts in WA this month. "Portland is a total train wreck when it comes to vaccine rates".

Evergreen Public Schools, in Vancouver, Washington, is preventing children without vaccinations from attending school until they are immunized, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. The immunization status of three people who contracted the virus has not been determined yet, and at least one person has been hospitalized so far, the health department reported. There were 349 cases reported in the country in 2018 - more than any post-elimination year other than 2014, when there were 667. People can spread measles before they have the characteristic measles rash. Recently, children are not being vaccinated. Orthodox Jewish communities were at the center of a series of outbreaks past year in NY and New Jersey, after unvaccinated travelers brought the virus back from Israel, which was battling an outbreak. Additionally, the measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

"If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch a contaminated surface, then touch their eyes, noses or mouths, they can become infected", the county warned in a news release Tuesday.

Public health officials declared measles eliminated in 2000 because more than a year had gone by without continuous transmission of the disease.

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