Sudden Outbreak Of Measles Virus In Washington County

Sudden Outbreak Of Measles Virus In Washington County

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Health experts say the Clark County measles outbreak appears to be encouraging people to get vaccinated.

Measles immunisation coverage has fallen in a dozen European Union countries since 2010, and 70 percent of countries with the lowest vaccine confidence in the world were in Europe.

Regional clinics are trying to keep up with the sudden inquiries, mainly among parents of children who have not been vaccinated.

But while the disease had virtually disappeared in much of the developed world, it has recently returned with a vengeance - in part thanks to rising vaccine hesitancy.

"We're just happy that we're prepared and that there is vaccine available".

According to the Washington Post, at least 55 people in Washington and neighboring OR have gotten sick with the virus, with new cases tallied nearly daily.

Pamplin Media Group reported last year that in OR, the statewide rate for non-medical exemptions to mandatory kindergarten vaccinations reached a new high in the 2017-2018 school year.

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Wednesday, February 6, three of the four possible cases have been ruled out as measles.

MMR vaccine rates in two areas in the Pacific Northwest, which has been at the epicenter of a measles outbreak, are surging as people rush to protect themselves and their children from the virus.

In Australia, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson made unsubstantiated claims cautioning vaccination on the ABC's Insiders program in 2017, prompting a chorus of condemnation from health practitioners and politicians.

The secretary general of the ministry of health told CNN that more than 50,000 people have caught the disease since October 2018 and there have been more than 300 deaths - mostly children. The infection is easily preventable by a vaccine.

Health officials also say when it comes to vaccines not to believe anti-vaccine propaganda you might see on the internet.

Others may avoid vaccinations because they believe they are unnecessary, arguing that diseases such as measles have already been eradicated in the United States.

Washington health officials have identified "patient zero" in the measles outbreak as someone from outside the country.

For one, Washington is one of only 17 states that permit children to get a non-religious exemption to attend school unvaccinated, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Some anti-vaxxers cite a debunked study from the 1980's that vaccines to autism. Others object to the timing and combinations of the vaccines and to being forced to inoculate their children.

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