Washington governor declares state of emergency over measles outbreak

Washington governor declares state of emergency over measles outbreak

With the measles outbreak declared a state of emergency in Washington state, health experts are feverishly working to contain the viral illness.

In Friday's statement from the office, Inslee said, "Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children". The measles vaccine is available as a combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and is available from your local health unit, family doctor, and many pharmacists. At the time there were 26 confirmed measles cases. One case has now reportedly spread to Kings County, which includes Seattle, Washington.

Sign Up to our Newsletter for exclusive content, contests, and perks.

.

Twenty-six of the confirmed patients had not been vaccinated against measles, and the vaccination status of four others who were infected is unknown. Data from a National Immunization Survey also revealed that the number of children reaching age 2 without having received any vaccinations has increased gradually, from 0.9% for children born in 2011 to 1.3% for children born in 2015. Authorities in neighboring OR and Idaho have issued warnings.

They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Walmart Supercenter in Vancouver, Washington. But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travellers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.

The U.S. government recommends two vaccines that help prevent measles.

US citizen leaks data of 14200 HIV-positive people in Singapore
He was deported after a conviction for numerous fraud and drug-related charges almost two years ago, the agency said. The records were stolen sometime before 2016, but released after Brochez was deported from Singapore .

In the US last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles. However, state laws allowing parents to opt out of mandatory vaccinations quickly began eroding those statistics, leading to outbreaks across the nation.

But there has been a recent rise in unvaccinated children. 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.

The first vaccine gives you a 93 percent protection against the measles and the second dose raises the effectiveness to 97 percent. To this day, it still kills 100,000 children a year worldwide, most under the age of five. Infected droplets from the individual with measles can spray into the air or land on a surface, where they remain active and contagious for hours.

Most of the people who have contracted the disease were not vaccinated.

Measles usually manifests as a combination of high fever, as high as 105 degrees Fahrenheit, along with what is known as the three Cs: cough, coryza (another word for runny nose), and conjunctivitis or pink eye, Sammons explained.

Related Articles

  • Enter the

    Enter the "Malthouse compromise".

    These are focused on ensuring that MPs get more parliamentary time to discuss the kind of Brexit they want to see agreed. Dr Fox said that MPs' backing for the Brady amendment would strengthen the Prime Minister's hand.
    United Kingdom  lawmakers vying to put their stamp on Brexit

    United Kingdom lawmakers vying to put their stamp on Brexit

    The EU, however, insists that it has no intention of changing the terms of last year's accord with London in any significant way. Conservative Party lawmaker Caroline Spelman's measure rejects the possibility of leaving the European Union without a deal.
    FA Cup fifth round draw: Chelsea to face Man Utd

    FA Cup fifth round draw: Chelsea to face Man Utd

    League Two Newport County secured a 1-1 draw with Championship promotion-chasers Boro at the weekend to secure a replay at Rodney Parade, South Wales.
  • Samsung ditches plastic packaging for 'sustainable materials'

    Samsung ditches plastic packaging for 'sustainable materials'

    By 2030 Samsung hopes to have used 500 thousand tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products. Samsung's new paper strategy means using environmentally friendly materials for its packaging and manuals.
    Manchester City vs. Burnley - Football Match Report

    Manchester City vs. Burnley - Football Match Report

    The FA Cup is the only domestic competition Guardiola has yet to win in England, after capturing the Premier League and League Cup last season.
    Scientists suspect Apollo moon rock sample actually came from Earth

    Scientists suspect Apollo moon rock sample actually came from Earth

    National Geographic writes that Earth's oldest minerals , up to 4.4 billion years old, are found in Australia's Jack Hills. Earth's oldest rock may have been discovered and it was picked up by astronauts on the moon during the Apollo 14 in 1971.
  • Alonso turns focus to final leg of motorsports' Triple Crown | AP sports

    Alonso turns focus to final leg of motorsports' Triple Crown | AP sports

    The winning lineup also included Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande , the full-time drivers of the Cadillac Dpi. Fernando Alonso added another honour to his impressive list with a Rolex 24 triumph in Daytona on Sunday.
    Weather Forecaster Warns Of

    Weather Forecaster Warns Of "Snow Bomb" Hitting UK This Week

    Good news, though - "significant accumulations of snow" are not likely to be widespread, so there is a silver lining. The weather warning is in place from 9pm on Tuesday, January 29 to 12pm on Wednesday, January 30.
    Chicago Braces for Potentially Record-Breaking Frigid Temperatures

    Chicago Braces for Potentially Record-Breaking Frigid Temperatures

    The National Weather Service expected areas of Chicago and Minnesota to see "historic cold" weather between Tuesday and Thursday. But temperatures are expected to rebound for the weekend, melting anything that sticks to the roads in time for the big game.
  • Pakistan's top court to rule on call for appeal against Asia Bibi

    Pakistan's top court to rule on call for appeal against Asia Bibi

    Bibi, who is now in hiding, reportedly said that she will be leaving the country for Canada, where her daughters are living. Aasia Bibi , the Christian woman who spent almost a decade on death row for a false blasphemy accusation, is free at last.
    Dean Ambrose To QUIT WWE After WrestleMania 35?

    Dean Ambrose To QUIT WWE After WrestleMania 35?

    Brock Lesnar made a insane face at the Royal Rumble on Sunday night that got the meme treatment. Yes, the Nia Jax who is a female and had entered the Women's Rumble match earlier in the night.
    Sundance Review: 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile'

    Sundance Review: 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile'

    Guardian: In fact, the most shocking thing about the film is Efron's remarkably accomplished, fiercely committed performance . The first trailer for the movie was released, and we got to see our first look at Efron as the infamous rapist and murderer.