Published: Thu, January 31, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Washington Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Measles Outbreak

Washington Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Measles Outbreak

Let's not forget about diarrhea, ear infection, pneumonia, seizures, blindness and inflammation of the brain, all possible side effects of measles.

Vaccination rates in OR and Southwest Washington, where measles first broke out, are comparatively low. Not to mention they also were at a Costco, an Ikea, a Dollar Store and more, according to Clark County Public Health.

"What keeps me up at night is worrying that we're going to have a child die from this, something that's completely preventable", he said.

But it's important to remember that measles is not just a childhood illness and it's never too late to have the vaccine.

"If you put a case of measles into a highly unvaccinated population, it can spread like wildfire", he said. The disease is so contagious that 90 per cent of unvaccinated people who are exposed will catch it.

Infected individuals then will see a splotchy red rash spread, first on the face, then down the body.

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"Measles is a highly contagious disease, so if you're not vaccinated against the measles virus, and you come into contact with someone who is sick with measles, there's a very high likelihood that you will become sick as well", she said.

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 light of the outbreak in Washington, the BCDC is advising British Columbians to review and update their immunization status at any time, and especially prior to any travel. "So when you think about parents bringing their children in for immunizations, it's not a disease that looms large in your memory". In 2019, a single case of measles was reported by an adult traveller returning from the Philippines. One dose of the measles vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing measles.

They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it is unknown if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment. You are at lower risk of getting measles if you were born before 1957, have had measles disease, or have had one or more measles shots (measles is included in the MMR vaccine). But it raises the possibility the Washington outbreak could spread across the state line. Public health officials from Washington had to warn their counterparts in Hawaii about the incoming family. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it isn't known if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment. To this day, it still kills 100,000 children a year worldwide, most under the age of five.

Before the measles vaccine was introduced in the U.S. in 1963, there were 4 million measles cases with 48,000 hospitalizations and 500 deaths in the USA every year. I have immunity because I got the vaccine but I'm also protecting people around me due to the herd. The outbreak is being closely monitored and one person has been taken to the hospital. "Prior vaccination is critical to keeping people from contracting the virus if they are exposed to it".

"The media tends to distort this", she said. The virus can remain in the air for up to two hours. There's also a guide from the Washington State Department of Health with instructions on what to do if you've been exposed to measles and start to feel unwell.

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