Sunday, 17 February, 2019

King County investigates first measles case after outbreak in SW Washington

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Ben Pena | 26 January, 2019, 18:26

Eighteen Washington state children and one adult were confirmed to have the disease, according to The Oregonian. "Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected".

More than a dozen unvaccinated children have been sickened by the measles virus in Washington's Clark County, with the area's health officials tallying 16 confirmed cases since January 1.

The number of unvaccinated us children under two years of age has quadrupled from 0.3 percent to 1.3 percent since 2001, the Center For Disease Control And Prevention reported in October. The year before, Minnesota reported 75 cases of measles, mostly in a Somali community where the discredited theory blaming autism on the MMR vaccine had taken hold.

Contagious people also went to Portland International Airport, as well as to hospitals, schools, stores, churches and restaurants across Washington's Clark County and the two-state region, county officials said.

There are now 23 confirmed cases and two suspected cases of the highly contagious virus in the town near Portland, Ore., according to Clark County Public Health. At least 20 of those suffering from the virus never received the measles vaccine, according to WaPo.

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

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The problem is especially pronounced, the paper found, in more than a dozen "hotspot metropolitan areas", including Portland and Seattle in the Northwest, Phoenix in the Southwest and Pittsburgh in the Northeast.

"Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room", the department said in a statement published on Tuesday.

In 2018, 349 cases of measles were reported across 26 states, which accounted for the second-highest number since the disease was considered eliminated in the U.S.in 2000. "Portland is a total train wreck when it comes to vaccine rates", he said. In nearby New Jersey, officials reported 33 cases, according to The New York Times. "The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is 97 percent effective for two doses and 93 percent effective for one dose".

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 17 separate outbreaks contributing to that country's 2018 total, including three largely linked to unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities in NY and New Jersey.

But there has been a recent rise in unvaccinated children.

While the illness often begins with cold-like symptoms and a rash, doctors emphasized that many infected people suffer from additional complications, including pneumonia and, in more serious cases, inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis and even seizures.

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