Published: Tue, January 29, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Washington Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Measles Outbreak

Washington Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Measles Outbreak

The Connecticut Department of Public Health announced today that it has confirmed a case of measles in a New Haven County adult, the first confirmed case this year in the state.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reports that symptoms typically surface a week to two weeks after an individual becomes infected with measles, which is why people are unlikely to know they're infected right away and may spread it themselves. One person has been hospitalized in the outbreak.

Lindquist added that officials are particularly concerned that "folks that are immuno-compromised - pregnant women, young kids and those that are unvaccinated - could be at risk for this disease" without realizing it because the telltale measles rash might not appear for four days into the sickness.

In the USA last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles. Clark County's immunization rate for school-aged children is 78 percent, and a large majority of these cases were in children who were not vaccinated.

The virus, spread by coughing or sneezing, can remain in the air for up to two hours in an isolated space.

He warned that parents who decide not to vaccinate their children are underestimating the dangers of the measles, the AP reported.

"The bottom line is, there's no surprise we're seeing this right now", Melnick said. "Almost everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the virus". On Jan. 7 someone with measles was at Portland International airport, while another infected person went to the Portland Trail Blazers game on Jan. 11. "The best protection against measles is vaccination".

One Case Of Measles Confirmed In Champaign County
Before the measles vaccination program began in the 1963, about 3 to 4 million people in the US got measles every year. To date, a single case of measles was reported in BC in 2019 in an adult traveller returning from the Philippines.

Clark County Public Health has identified 35 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases since January 1, when it first began investigating the outbreak.

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

As of Monday there 35 confirmed cases in Clark County and one case in King County. Because some people like to claim personal exemptions to getting the vaccine.

But there has been a recent rise in unvaccinated children. The CDC says the measles vaccine is 97% effective if the first dose is given at one year old and the second at five years old.

Who cares if measles are the most contagious of any disease known to man.

Earlier this week, authorities were successful in identifying several people who had been exposed but were not sick yet.

The most recognizable symptom is a red, blotchy rash. It can cause serious complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis, and can be deadly.

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