Washington measles outbreak prompts warning to Idaho doctors

Inslee declares state of emergency over Washington measles outbreak

Measles Outbreak: What You Need To Know About Disease

A state of emergency has been declared in Washington State following a measles outbreak.

A current statewide case count for the measles outbreak is available on DOH's website and will be updated daily.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Health officials say the number of confirmed cases of measles in western Washington has grown to 30, with nine more cases suspected.

Of the 31 cases in Clark County, 27 cases involve unimmunized people. Only 77.4 percent of all public students there complete their vaccinations, according to state records cited by the Oregonian.

So far, Clark County Public Health has found that 20 of those with the disease had not been immunized.

A doctor's assistant brings a tray with a vaccine against measles, rubella, mumps and chicken pox prior to the vaccination of an infant on February 26, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Measles is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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"Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children", Inslee said in his proclamation Friday, adding that these cases create "an extreme public health risk that may quickly spread to other counties". In 2018, the United States had the second highest number of cases since measles was officially eliminated there in 2000.

Measles can lead to serious complications including pneumonia but the vaccine is up to 97 percent effective and protects recipients for life. Most of the confirmed cases - 21 - were with children between 1 and 10 years old.

Around 88 per cent of children in the province have been sufficiently vaccinated against the disease.

Officials there say they expect more cases.

"But it's never too late to get vaccinated", says Dr. Leman. When the rashes appear, fever could go beyond 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Travelers infected overseas can bring the virus into the country and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.

Locations and venues include Portland International Airport, at the Moda Center during a Portland Trail Blazers basketball game, an Amazon Locker location and stores such as Costco and Ikea.

The Oregon Health Authority said Friday the agency is working with Multnomah and other agencies to notify people of their potential exposure and help them take steps to prevent exposing others if they become ill.

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