Measles Outbreak Causes Official State of Emergency in Washington

Measles Outbreak Causes Official State of Emergency in Washington

Public health officials scrambling to contain a measles outbreak in the US Northwest warned people Monday to vaccinate their children and anxious that it could take months to contain the highly contagious viral illness due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the epicenter of the crisis. According to NPR's Vanessa Romo and Patti Neighmond, there were 36 confirmed and 11 suspected measles cases as of Monday.

A measles outbreak in Washington State has prompted health officials to declare a public emergency.

Wigan parents are being urged to check that they and their children have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation of four measles cases in neighbouring Salford. Health officials anticipate that the outbreak will rapidly expand.

A public health emergency has been declared in Washington with over two dozen cases of measles.

"Measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000, but it's been allowed to return", Peter Hotez, an infectious diseases researcher at Baylor College of Medicine, tells Vox. It is possible for anyone of any age to get measles and it can be more severe in teens and adults than in young children.

Washington and OR are some of the more permissive states in the USA in allowing parents to opt out of vaccines, including for measles.

Gaza mentioned that California had a similar stance in the past, but changed its guidelines to require childhood immunizations after a serious outbreak happened in 2014 at Disneyland.

Before the vaccine, 400 to 500 people died from the measles each year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, he said. Intense pockets of transmission still exist around the world today, especially in low-income countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam.

Measles is perfectly preventable thanks to vaccines, but due to people who stand to gain from vaccine skepticism, some parents are choosing to put their children and many other people at risk. A claim that has been wholly refuted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sufferers, overwhelmingly children, can be hit with loss of appetite, malaise and confusion. "At least like three weeks".

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Rain and snow is expected to move in from the southwest, moving across England and Wales through Thursday into Friday. Snow is likely to settle, meaning Friday could be a snow day for many, but some uncertainty remains, Mr Burkill said.

"However, here in Arizona, at this time, we are not aware of anyone who has had exposure to anyone in Washington who's been ill with measles". Pneumonia is the most common complication, accounting for most measles-related deaths.

A measles outbreak in the USA usually begins when a traveler picks up the virus in another country where measles is still common. Because carriers can spread the virus through the air before they ever get symptoms, they could easily have flown while capable of making others sick.

Child suffering from measles, pre-1963. The virus can live for up to two hours wherever an infected person has coughed or sneezed.

Hawaii state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said health workers went to see the family on the Big Island and told them they would have to be quarantined in the remote home they were staying in - unless they could demonstrate they had been vaccinated, the Oregonian reported.

The county released a list of public places where infected children visited, which included several schools and churches, the Portland, Oregon airport and a Costco.

HB-1638 would only apply to measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines in the "philosophical or personal objections" category.

The rise in nonmedical vaccine exemptions plays an important role, as noted by Peter Hotez, a Baylor College of Medicine infectious diseases researcher.

According to the CDC, the virus starts with a fever, coughing, and sneezing before a rash develops.

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