Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

A Measles Outbreak Has Hit An Anti-Vaxxer Hotspot In The US

A Measles Outbreak Has Hit An Anti-Vaxxer Hotspot In The US

An outbreak of measles cases in Washington state has infected 22 people, majority children under 10, in what is the second significant outbreak of the disease in the US since September.

Though someone infected with measles attended the National Basketball Association game on January 11 at the Moda Center, no Oregon residents have been diagnosed with the virus, public health officials in Multnomah County, Oregon, said.

Clark County Public Health has declared a public health emergency, reporting at least 23 confirmed cases and seven suspected cases of measles in the area since the new year. The Post reported that 7.9 percent of children were exempted from receiving vaccines, including immunization for measles, entering kindergarten last academic year. But measles is one of the most infectious viruses known and will infect 90 percent of people who breathe it in.

"In 2018, 349 individual cases of measles were confirmed in 26 states and the District of Columbia".

Public Health Seattle & King County said Wednesday that the man in his 50s was hospitalized but has been released.

Department of Public Health is on a mission to find out the cases of measles infection and their nearby locations for public exposure. Twenty of the people who have fallen ill had not been immunized against measles, while the vaccination history of the other three remained unverified.

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While some children can not be fully vaccinated for medical reasons, others skip the shots due to their parents' religious or philosophical beliefs.

The outbreaks in NY and Washington state began last fall, but they're still going on.

"Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room", the health department said.

The problem is especially pronounced, the paper found, in more than a dozen "hotspot metropolitan areas", including Portland and Seattle in the Northwest, Phoenix in the Southwest and Pittsburgh in the Northeast. "Portland is a total train wreck when it comes to vaccine rates", he added. Orthodox Jewish communities were at the center of a series of outbreaks a year ago in NY and New Jersey, after unvaccinated travelers brought the virus back from Israel, which was battling an outbreak. Recently, children are not being vaccinated. "This is the greatest number of imported cases since measles was eliminated from the U.S.in 2000". In 2014, 667 cases were documented across the country, the most since measles' elimination.

Although some people argue that measles is a relatively harmless childhood illness, it can kill.

Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. This would reduce the chances of healthy people getting infected by the disease.

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