Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws

Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws

Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws

Anyone who becomes sick or thinks they may have been exposed to measles should contact their health care provider immediately and let them know that you may have been exposed to measles. There are four cases with unverified vaccination records, and 37 people who are unimmunized.

"Measles is a highly contagious and infectious disease that can be fatal in small children", Inslee stated in his proclamation that directs state agencies and departments to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected areas and requests additional medical resources from other states to help contain the outbreak.

"Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected, but there are pockets of people within communities that have low immunizations rates", public health officials said.

So, how is it that a disease that's been declared eradicated in the u.S.

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The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in OR and Washington since January 1, with 11 more cases suspected.

There have been 38 confirmed and 13 suspected cases so far.

There has been one confirmed measles case in Multnomah County, Ore., and another in King County.

The overall vaccination rate for children entering kindergarten in California rose to 95 percent in the two years after the law passed.

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Thirty-one of the Clark County cases are between the ages of 1 and 10; 10 are between 11 and 18; and one case is between 19 and 29.

Officials still are not sure where the Northwest outbreak began.

Measles is an extremely contagious disease, mainly spread through respiratory droplets. And the worst part of the measles outbreak would be that this virus is deadly for the majority of newborns and individuals with a weak immune system.

Smith has an appointment to get her son vaccinated as soon as he's eligible - the day after he turns 1.

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The Central District Health Department noted that symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes, sore throat, runny nose and a rash that can spread over the body. "The virus can actually live for about two hours on surfaces and in the air", warns Patel. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash", explained Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

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