Health officials in Washington have declared a state of emergency over the measles outbreak. "We've since looked at millions of kids completely debunking that there's any link between autism and [the vaccine]". Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement.
"My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is now a measles outbreak in my state", she wrote, according toBored Panda.
The outbreak in the Pacific Northwest has sickened at least 38 people in Washington and OR and 13 more cases are suspected. 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.
Director of Whitman County Public Health Troy Henderson said there are no known or suspected cases on the east side of the state. People who have been vaccinated against measles face little threat from the disease.
And, as of epidemiologic week 42 of 2018, the Peru Ministry of Health had also reported 2 cases imported from Venezuela.
People may have been exposed to the disease at about four dozen locations, including Portland International Airport and a Portland Trail Blazers game, officials said.
This estimate ranks Venezuela near the bottom of measles vaccination coverage in the PAHO region.
One anti-vaxx mom's post went viral after she asked members of the private Facebook group "Vaccine Education Network: Natural Health Anti-Vaxx Community " how to protect her child from measles. The first patient sought medical care on December 31, but other sick people may not have gone to a doctor or hospital, he said. One vaccine provides 93 percent immunity from measles, and two shots provide 97 percent protection.
Jocelyn Smith is terrified her youngest son, who is 11 months, will get measles.
Measles symptoms include high fever, cough, red and watery eyes, and a rash that usually appears around three days after symptoms first manifest.