Washington State Reports More Measles Cases

Washington measles outbreak soars to 48 cases while other states grapple with the disease

Washington measles outbreak soars to 48 cases while other states grapple with the disease

People who have never received a measles vaccine are susceptible to the disease, which can be deadly.To further limit the spread of the virus, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before visiting a hospital or doctor's office. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, and is followed by a blotchy rash.

A 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 83 percent of OR adolescents had received their booster shots against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. People with measles are contagious from four days before to four days after rash onset. They succumb when complications become too severe.

Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. "Most children start that at the age of one and it's a two-shot series", said Sharon Goforth.

The outbreak has lawmakers in Washington state revisiting non-medical exemptions that allow children to attend school without vaccinations if their parents or guardians express a personal objection. However, there are still means to regain the momentum to continue and strongly support the routine immunization of children to protect them from acquiring vaccine-preventable diseases. "The science is completely clear that childhood vax are not only good because they prevent all of these disgusting illnesses, but they are also completely safe".

"Upon finding and verifying that there is a measles case in Arizona, we activate our emergency operations center", she said. The Oregon Health Authority said a Multnomah County resident had been diagnosed with measles January 25.

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Before the vaccine was available, 400 to 500 people died from the measles each year and 50,000 had to be hospitalized. The law passed in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the US and into Canada.

Incubation for measles is usually 7 to 21 days.

There are many factors at play: distrust in modern medicine and in government; fear of side effects; global travel, which brings diseases from one nation to another through the ease of an airplane flight; poor immunization infrastructure in lower- and middle-income countries; a misguided feeling that vaccines are worse than the diseases themselves. "SSPE has been almost eliminated with widespread measles vaccination".

Science tells us that when you tell someone they're wrong, they're more likely to dig in than to experience a change of heart.

It also comes with complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis. Disrupted health services, including routine vaccinations, along with overcrowding in residential camps increases the risk of infection.

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