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Measles outbreak in Washington State leads BCCDC to advise people on immunization updating

Washington declares public health emergency after measles outbreak of mostly unvaccinated children

Health officials are looking at a number of other suspected cases.

One case also has been confirmed in King County, which is home to Seattle and one was confirmed Friday evening in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland. Twenty-five of the 35 confirmed patients are children under 10 years old. There has been one case so far this year, in an adult traveller returning from the Philippines. OR officials didn't provide the age of the adult infected there. Gov. Jay Inslee already has declared a state of emergency today in all counties in the state, after Clark County declared a local public health emergency beginning January 18. Authorities in neighboring OR and Idaho have issued warnings.

The department is encouraging the public and medical professionals to watch for symptoms and take steps to reduce the virus's spread.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the U.S.

Officials still are not sure where this Pacific Northwest outbreak began.

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The hospital has restricted visitation to labor and delivery, mother-baby and neonatal intensive care units, citing the rise in measles and influenza cases.

Washington Department of Health officials announced that as of Monday afternoon there have been 36 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases of the disease.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) heath leaders say measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of people close to that person who are not immune also become infected. And Seattle, Spokane and Portland are among 15 USA cities considered "hot spots" for their high rates of non-medical exemptions to vaccines that cover measles, mumps and rubella. Europe saw more than 41,000 measles cases in the first half of 2018, a record high in the post-vaccine era.

"While we do want to have a heightened level of concern and be aware of measles, there are many more much more common viruses that are circulating", she said. "It's all hands on deck", Alan Melnick, the county health officer, tells the AP "Clearly this is going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and it wouldn't surprise me if we were in the seven figures by the time we're done here". "We wouldn't be dealing with this if we had vaccination rates up".

Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected, said a press release.

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If you or anyone you know was in these locations on the dates and times listed, please be alert for measles symptoms, detailed below, and call your healthcare provider to ask if you are up-to-date on measles vaccinations. Although that shot would not count for the two recommended vaccines, according to Dr. Fan. Together, the two doses are about 97 percent effective at preventing the disease, the CDC says.

The measles vaccine is given as part of the combination MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) injection. It can also be hard to catch early signs of the illness; symptoms generally start to appear seven to 14 days after infection, meaning that people can spread the disease before they know they are sick. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.

Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing.

Last week, a public health emergency was declared by Washington Governor Jay Inslee due to the ongoing outbreak of measles. Measles is an incredibly savage disease that still kills more than a hundred thousand people a year, a lot of them children. He explained that people are being dissuaded from vaccinating themselves and their children against the disease to stop the spread of this infection.

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