Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Clark County Measles Outbreak Increases To 31 Confirmed Cases

Inslee declares state of emergency over Washington measles outbreak State of emergency declared in US measles outbreak
Ben Pena | 28 January, 2019, 09:22

Armstrong said Clark County Public Health will provide daily updates pertaining to the ongoing measles investigation.

The state of emergency directs Washington state agencies and departments to use their resources to assist affected areas in order to respond and recover. Of the 31 cases, 21 are children between the ages of 1 and 10 years old.

Officials with Southwest District Health in Caldwell, Idaho say so far no measles cases have been reported in Idaho as a result of the outbreak.

In a health alert from King County, it was said the man had recently traveled to Clark County.

A news release on the governor's website says the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has implemented an infectious disease Incident Management Structure so it can manage the public health aspects of the outbreak through investigations and lab testing.

Around 88 per cent of children in the province have been sufficiently vaccinated against the disease.

As of Saturday, there were 31 cases of the measles in Clark County, which sits on the state's southern border, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.

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Health officials have warned that people infected with the disease had visited schools, churches, a dentist´s office, a Costco store, an Ikea store and the Portland airport. For now, public health officials are focused on preventing additional exposure.

LOS ANGELES: A state of emergency was declared on Friday in the western USA state of Washington following a measles outbreak that has affected more than two dozen people, the majority of them children.

The majority of those infected are children, many of whom have not been immunized against the disease, officials said.

Doctors say it's a red alert for anyone in King County who has not been vaccinated against measles. The measles vaccine is very effective.

Medical experts call it an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination rates in an anti-vaccination U.S. The typical recommendations are that children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, the first between 12 to 15 months of age and the second between 4 and 6 years old. Symptoms include cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever and blotchy skin rashes.

Marissa Armstrong with Clark County Public Health said people who have measles symptoms should contact their health care provider ahead of going into a clinic.

Officials have identified several locations in Auburn, Kent and Covington, including two crowded high school basketball games at Kentlake High School on January 10 and 12, visited by the infected person last week.

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