Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Once eradicated in US, measles outbreak sickens 35 in two states

Washington declares public health emergency after measles outbreak of mostly unvaccinated children BC residents warned of measles outbreak in Washington State
Ben Pena | 30 January, 2019, 20:38

Restrictions on hospital visitation have yet to make it as far as Cottage Grove. There are also 11 suspected cases in Clark County. There has also been one confirmed case in King County, which includes Seattle. There's been at least 35 confirmed cases of measles prompting Governor Jay Inslee to send out a warning in an emergency declaration. Authorities in neighboring OR and Idaho have issued warnings. Washington state health officials declared a state of emergency after a recent outbreak of measles.

But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world.

Patients in Washington state who visit The Vancouver Clinic are greeted with free face masks and pumps of hand sanitizer.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the U.S. Health officials anticipate that the outbreak will rapidly expand.

The Kern County Public Health Department released a statement, "We are always concerned about measles".

People who choose not to vaccinate their children are underestimating the dangers of the illness, said Melnick, who himself had measles as a child, before the vaccine was commonplace. "And we have a vaccine that is known to be very safe and wildly effective".

Last summer, an infected out-of-state visitor to Sedona did expose some Arizonans to the virus, she said, but no one got sick.

Mail deliveries suspended in MI until Friday due to frigid temperatures
A list of affected zip codes sent out late Tuesday night did not include any Kansas or Missouri locations. Classes were canceled in several of those same states due to the extremely low temperatures.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. "Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination", according to the CDC website. By that time, enough people were immunized that outbreaks were uncommon and deaths from measles were virtually unheard of. Dr. Alan Melnick, the Clark County Public Health Director, in a statement said, "I think that misinformation is doing a disservice and it's unsafe". "These costs could have been prevented if we had everybody vaccinated". OR also has a high nonmedical exemption rate for vaccinations-one 2018 state analysis found a rate among kindergarteners of 7.5 percent, with the number for K-12 students climbing as high as 10 percent in some counties. With families who choose not to vaccinate often clustering together, herd immunity does not offer adequate protection.

Denver Public Health put out the alert stating an adult had measles and was in Colorado between January 9 and January 14. The proportion of children receiving no vaccine doses by 2 years old rose from 0.9% among those born in 2011 to 1.3% among those born in 2015, the CDC reported in October.

Data on Portland's vaccination rate for both shots wasn't immediately available.

According to the centre, children in B.C. receive two doses of measles-containing vaccine during routine immunization, with the first at 12 months of age and the second at four years of age or school entry.

Virginia does allow vaccine exemptions for religious and medical reasons. People who are not killed by the disease may still develop serious, lifelong complications. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash. The measles virus is so contagious that it can live on surfaces and in the air for up to two hours.

If you may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms, immediately notify your healthcare provider BY TELEPHONE explaining a possible measles exposure and symptoms. Health officials say it usually starts with a fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes.

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