Clark County measles outbreak grows to 35 cases

A hospital security worker who declined to be identified stands at a door at Peace Health Southwest

A hospital security worker who declined to be identified stands at a door at Peace Health Southwest

In the Clark County cases, numerous infected folks visited hubs in the community where there are larger crowds.

"The existence of 26 confirmed cases in the state of Washington creates an extreme public health risk that may quickly spread to other counties". Luckily, there has only been one hospitalization thus far.

There are another nine suspected cases. But those who are unvaccinated have a 90 percent chance of catching measles if they breathe the virus in, the CDC says.

And at least 30 of the infections are people who haven't had the measles vaccination, a lot of them children between the ages of one and ten. One adult case has also been identified in nearby Kings County, according to Vox's Julia Belluz. OR officials didn't provide the age of the adult infected there.

Nearly two weeks ago, Washington State declared a state of emergency in response to the measles outbreak. Authorities in neighboring OR and Idaho have issued warnings.

The State of Washington has a public health crisis on their hands.

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

The virus is spread through the air and lingers.

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. There are certain procedures in place for taking care of patients with measles. To find a public health unit anywhere in the province, see the site finder on ImmunizeBC.ca.

In this January 25, 2019 photo, a sign at the entrance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington prohibits all children under 12 and unvaccinated adults due to the number of measles cases in Clark County.




In addition to the United States, there has also been an uptick of people contracting measles in Canada and across Europe due to people foregoing the vaccine. "And we'll send out a press release confirming that case and also letting people know where that person has been in the last two weeks".

According to DPH, three cases were confirmed in 2018.

Public health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest. "These costs could have been prevented if we had everybody vaccinated".

The best protection against measles is vaccination, the centre said. I have immunity because I got the vaccine but I'm also protecting people around me due to the herd. 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.

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

According to the Center for Disease Control, the measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. Two doses are about 97% effective.

Both Washington and OR allow vaccine exemptions for personal and philosophical reasons.

SOLOMON: The outbreak started in southwest Washington's Clark County but has been spreading. People with measles can infect others before the onset of symptoms like fever and rash. Patients remain contagious for four days after they develop the rash.

The measles virus is airborne, and is transmitted by respiratory droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat of an infected person, usually through coughing or sneezing. In all but four instances, the person who had contracted the disease had not been immunized. Those people stayed home and later got ill, Armstrong said.

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