Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Clark County Measles Outbreak Increases To 43 Confirmed Cases

Clark County Measles Outbreak Increases To 43 Confirmed Cases

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

"The Oregon Health Authority has confirmed a case of measles in a resident of Multnomah County that is linked the outbreak in Clark County, WA", the agency said. Most of the confirmed cases have been children under 10. Of the 41 confirmed cases, 37 are people who were not immunized and four are unverified.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency last Friday.

"What is great about the MMR vaccination, especially the measles portion: it is very, very effective", said Lynch, who is also medical director of Harborview Medical Center's infection control, antibiotic stewardship and employee health programs. One vaccine provides 93 percent immunity from measles, and two shots provide 97 percent protection. The only other case so far has been reported in King County. In recent years, however, the viral illness has popped up again from NY to California and sickened hundreds. For more information about the measles outbreak, check out this FAQ from Jackson County Public Health, or follow the or and Washington state investigation.

However, some parents are concerned their children are not eligible for the vaccinations.

Measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring back the virus, causing periodic outbreaks. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions". The measles virus stays in the air for up to two hours after that person has left.

California state Sen. Richard Pan, a pediatrician who sponsored his state's bill, said he got death threats over it and had anti-vaccination advocates jam his phone lines and harass him on social media.

So, how is it that a disease that's been declared eradicated in the u.S.

Measles symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) or a runny nose. Unvaccinated people are at a much higher risk of contracting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before he or she has a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.

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