Measles outbreak grows in northwest US, 31 cases reported


Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency today in all counties in response to more than two dozen confirmed cases of measles in our state.

Clark County, located across the Columbia River from Portland, Oreg., has confirmed 23 cases since January 1, reports Newsweek.

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

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.

Obtained one dose of the measles vaccine and you're a preschool-aged youngster OR an adult who won't be in an excessive-danger setting for measles transmission. Officials said an unvaccinated female toddler was infected with the virus, which she likely contracted on an global trip to an area that was in the midst of a measles outbreak. Thirty of the confirmed cases are in Clark County and one confirmed case is in King County.

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

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Outbreaks of the measles in Washington state and in NY state may be spreading. Authorities in neighboring OR and Idaho have issued warnings.

Public health officials in Clark County included another venue where people may have been exposed: an urgent care facility in Vancouver called the Legacy GoHealth Urgent Care Cascade Park located at 305 S.E. Chkalov Dr., with exposure estimated to be from 6:25 10:15 p.m. on January 22. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it is unknown if others were sick before that and chose not to seek treatment.

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"It's one of the most contagious viruses we have". It still causes around 110 000 deaths each year, namely in Africa and Asia, despite being preventable through a highly effective vaccination developed back in 1963.

The outbreak is in an anti-vaccination hotspot near Portland, Ore., according to CBS News.

Before the measles vaccination program began in the 1963, about 3 to 4 million people in the US got measles every year. Of those, just 1 percent had medical exemptions, while a massive 7 percent objected due to "personal or religious reasons". The virus can lead to pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain).