Officials urge vaccinations amid Northwest measles outbreak

Posted February 02, 2019

Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, public health officials are working closely with school districts and healthcare providers to ensure students and staff are up to-date on their vaccines. One to three cases out of every 1,000 are fatal, he said.

"Even though the CDC bureaus declared measles as 'eradicated" in the 2000s, a new measles outbreak hit the United States, proving that there's nothing eliminated regarding the measles virus.

Superintendent of Pullman Schools Bob Maxwell said the district would consider more aggressive tactics if the outbreak were to spread, including barring unvaccinated children from attending school.

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Along with that, Deschutes County has confirmed one case tied to a Southwest Washington child who visited Bend; King County, Washington, has one case; and health officials in Hawaii say they had to quarantine two Washington children who visited.

"My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is now a measles outbreak in my state", she wrote, according toBored Panda.

"It raises concerns that this can go on for a long time, become geographically larger than it is and more cases over weeks and months", Melnick said. CDC data show 90 percent of people who are unvaccinated near someone who is infected will contract the disease.

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But the vaccine is less effective in those under a year old which is why it is generally not given to infants. At least 43 people in Washington and OR have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus.

Smith has made an appointment to get him the shot as soon as possible - the day after he turns one. A person can get measles just by being in a room where an infected person has been.

Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of high fever, malaise and red eyes, followed by a rash that starts on the head and moves down the body. "The virus can actually live for about two hours on surfaces and in the air", warns Patel.

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