Kids traveling from Washington develop measles in Hawaii

Kids traveling from Washington develop measles in Hawaii

Kids traveling from Washington develop measles in Hawaii

In a statement Friday, Inslee said: "The measles virus is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children" and that the number of confirmed cases "creates an extreme public health risk that may quickly spread to other counties". A measles outbreak near Portland has sickened dozens of people in OR and Washington, with several more cases suspected, and public health officials scrambling to contain the virus say low vaccination rates are making the situation worse. Measles was declared eliminated - defined by absence of continuous disease transmission for greater than 12 months - from the United States in 2000.

Measles was once a deadly disease among American children until a vaccine for it became available in 1963.

Health officials now warn that this could be just the beginning of this outbreak.

Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected, said a press release. At the time there were 26 confirmed measles cases.

"Many countries throughout the world either do not place a priority on or do not have access to vaccinations, so as people from the United States travel overseas, especially individuals who have not been vaccinated, the likelihood of bringing the disease back here and exposing people at home increases".

Twenty-five 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. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears. One vaccine provides 93 per cent immunity from measles, and two shots provide 97 per cent protection.

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Children under the age of one can not be immunized. Most cases of measles are acquired or linked to global travel. "We had so many instances, people that work for me, just the other day, 2 years old a attractive child, went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic". Measles can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and even simply by breathing. "Vaccination is the only effective preventive measure against measles".

A growing measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest is spreading fear among many parents. Because carriers can spread the virus through the air before they ever get symptoms, they could easily have flown while capable of making others sick.

"We already send the letters to the parents", said principal Andrey Dolbinin. But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travellers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.

Additionally, almost eight percent of children in the county were exempt from getting vaccines required for kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year. If you suspect that you may be at risk, speak to your doctor and find out how you can effectively protect yourself.

If you may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms, immediately notify your healthcare provider BY TELEPHONE explaining a possible measles exposure and symptoms.

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