CDC raising concerns over increasing number of measles cases

Pearl Mccarthy
February 2, 2019

Beyond southwest Washington, where the outbreak began, cases have also surfaced in Multnomah County, Deschutes County and King County.

There is now a measles outbreak that started in Washington and has made its way to OR, and anti-vaxxers are the sole cause of this retro death threat. The newest case had one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Ninety percent of people exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated will get it, health officials said. In the event of a measles outbreak, WAC 246-105-080 authorizes schools (public or private), child care centers, or the local Health Officer to exclude any child or staff who does not have appropriate documentation of immunity against measles.

The AP noted that Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, which is too low to protect those with compromised immune systems, those who can not get vaccinated because of medical problems, or those who are too young. The vaccine itself is incredible effective, and prevents measles in 97% of people.

You can request a copy of your vaccination records from the Oregon Health Authority by printing out this online form.

The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in OR and Washington since January 1, with 11 more cases suspected.

The most serious risk is to children who haven't yet received all of their vaccines, and others who can't be vaccinated for medical reasons (for example, because their immune system is suppressed due to another illness).

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The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed measles in three residents of the metro Atlanta area.

Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the USA died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said.

They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington.

Jocelyn Smith is terrified her youngest son, who is 11 months, will get measles.

Symptoms of measles can often be similar to cold or flu symptoms, including: fever, diarrhea, coughing, runny nose, red and watery eyes, and fatigue. "And a few days after that, you get that famous rash", explained Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

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