Once eradicated in U.S., measles outbreak sickens 35 in two states

Once eradicated in U.S., measles outbreak sickens 35 in two states

Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist for Hawaii, said Monday Washington public health officials told her office that the family had been exposed to measles as part of the ongoing outbreak in southwest Washington.

In the Clark County cases, numerous infected folks visited hubs in the community where there are larger crowds. Since then, two more cases were confirmed in Washington and one case in Oregon.

So why the emergency declaration?

In Friday's statement, Inslee said, "Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children".

"Anti-vaxxer" parents and activists in Washington and nearby OR have been calling on the states to not require the measles vaccines.

Here's why the current outbreak in Washington is a ideal example of what can happen when parents do not vaccinate their children for philosophical or religious reasons - and how exactly that can put their own kids, and others, at risk. There are 11 more potential cases pending confirmation. As of this writing, 35 confirmed cases of the deadly and extraordinarily virulent disease have been confirmed, and several more patients are now suspected of having contracted it. Washington's governor has declared a state of emergency. The CDC attributed the jump to primarily unvaccinated people in the Orthodox Jewish communities in New York state, New York City and New Jersey. Neurological disorders and swelling, deafness and compromised immune systems are some of the problems people could face even years after recovering from the measles. 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. Unfortunately, it can quickly establish itself again in communities where vaccination rates are low - such as certain segments of Humboldt County.

A woman with measles, c. 1908. By 2017-2018, only 84 percent of kindergartners had. The centre advises British Columbians who need to update their immunization status before travelling can receive a vaccine that also prevents mumps and rubella. Rep. Paul Harris, who represents Clark County, says his bill in the House is aiming to get personal exemptions off the table only when it comes to the measles.

"This never would have happened if all of those children were immunized, or even if a lot of them were immunized".

"Measles was eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, but it's been allowed to return", Peter Hotez, an infectious diseases researcher at Baylor College of Medicine, tells Vox. One or two of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This particular outbreak has spread to 31 people who were not immunized and four people who were "unverified". "And we have a vaccine that is known to be very safe and wildly effective".

A lot of kids who can't be vaccinated are now at risk.


The BCCDC advises people to make sure that their measles vaccination is up to date, especially if they're considering travelling.

There has also been an adult case.

But children who are immunocompromised - like those who are on steroids or who are undergoing chemotherapy, for example - are also unable to be vaccinated. "They're not going to be protected". Thanks to the high numbers of unvaccinated children, "this epidemic could last a while".

Clark County Public Health, 360-397-8021. "Because the panic and frustration parents can feel is if their children are in a more vulnerable position because of decisions made by other people".



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