State of Emergency Declared Over Washington Measles Outbreak
State of Emergency Declared Over Washington Measles Outbreak
Measles outbreak prompts state of emergency declaration by Washington governor
29 January, 2019, 18:39
Although a high percentage of vaccinated people in one community can keep the virus from spreading, a concept known as herd immunity, the number of vaccinated people required to stop a virus as infectious as measles is close to 95%.
He warned that parents who decide not to vaccinate their children are underestimating the dangers of the measles, the AP reported. "Clearly this is going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and it wouldn't surprise me if we were in the seven figures by the time we're done here", he said.
Anyone who believes they may have been exposed should first check their own immunization status, then watch for symptoms. On Jan. 7 someone with measles was at Portland International airport, while another infected person went to the Portland Trail Blazers game on Jan. 11.
Washington state has introduced legislation to remove the personal vaccination exemption, but it's already facing opposition from some parents who feel the bill takes away their freedom.
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Clark County Public Health has identified 35 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases since January 1, when it first began investigating the outbreak.
But there has been a recent rise in unvaccinated children. Although it's not clear where he became infected, the man said he'd recently traveled to Clark County. The disease is contagious from approximately four days before the characteristic rash appears to four days after the rash appears. Once a person has measles, about 90% of close contacts who are susceptible to it will develop the disease, she added. Those people stayed home and later got ill, Armstrong said. General symptoms are fever, diarrhea, coughing, runny nose, red and watery eyes and tiredness.
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