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Measles A Health Emergency in 1 Washington County

Inslee declares state of emergency over Washington measles outbreak Measles Outbreak: What You Need To Know About Disease
Anna Jefferson | 29 January, 2019, 10:10

"The Washington State Department of Health has instituted an infectious disease Incident Management Structure to manage the public health aspects of the incident to include investigations, laboratory testing and other efforts to protect communities", Inslee said.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the U.S. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency over the measles outbreak and OR officials have reported an infection has spread there.

The BC Centre for Disease Control, a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides public health leadership through surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation services.

Measles is highly contagious and can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

"Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children", Inslee said in his proclamation Friday, adding that these cases create "an extreme public health risk that may quickly spread to other counties".

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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"The measles is now only being reintroduced because children are not being 100 percent vaccinated", says Dr. Schaffner.

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.

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

By Saturday, the total of confirmed cases had risen to 31, Washington's Department of Health reported. The measles vaccine consists of two shots, one given by age 2 and the second usually between ages 4 and 6. One dose is about 93 percent effective.

Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of fever and malaise and then a rash starting on the head and moving down the body.

However, "People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance", it warned. Complications from the disease, such as swelling of the brain, can be deadly.

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