Washington Measles Outbreak Spreads

Tribune editorial Don’t fall for anti-vax scare campaigns

The outbreak in Clark County, Washington, involves 49 confirmed cases of measles and nine suspected cases, according to local public health officials.

Washington isn't the only state grappling with a disease.

News 3 medical expert Dr. Ryan Light said the decline in vaccinations could lead to even more measles cases across the country.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributes the rise in measles to un-vaccinated travelers who get exposed and bring it to the United States and to those who chose not to get vaccinated.

Separately, five additional cases were confirmed in the Houston metro area Monday, including two boys younger than 2 in Harris County, prompting health officials to urge residents to "protect their children and themselves from this disease by getting vaccinated". One victim had had one MMR vaccine, but not a follow-up shot. At least eight other states have reported measles cases this year: Hawaii, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Colorado, California and Georgia.

"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director.

The virus is most commonly known for the red rash it can cause which starts on your head and works its way down your body. More than 180 of the cases happened in Orthodox Jewish communities.

"It is a virus that starts like a common cold, but in a more severe version could be fatal, because it has the ability to get into organs that other viruses can't", Maldonado said. At that point you might realize that it isn't a garden-variety virus - and at that point, the person would have been spreading germs for four days. "That is when it becomes very risky". Other possible infection sites in Portland include an Amazon Locker location and stores such as Costco and Ikea. "It can be on surfaces", explained Dr. Phil Huang, Medical Director and Health Authority for Austin Public Health.

"In a given year, more measles cases can occur for any of the following reasons: an increase in the number of travelers who get measles overseas and bring it into the USA and/or further spread of measles in US communities with pockets of unvaccinated people", the CDC website says. The most important thing is that we keep every child, every family, and every community safe.

"Immunization, in general, has been so effective it has been counter-effective to our jobs", Lesinger said.

People may have been exposed to the risky disease at more than three dozen locations, many in neighboring OR, such as Portland International Airport and the Moda Center, home to the Portland Trail Blazers. It is used as an oral supplement in people with poor or severely limited diets or in those who have a condition that increases the need for vitamin A, such as pancreatic or eye disease. "If these parents saw the disease, they wouldn't hesitate".

They are born before January 1st, 1957.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Becky Lynch Opened Raw By Getting Suspended And Fighting Stephanie McMahon
WWE officials and security quickly arrived onto the scene with Lynch fighting them head-on as well. Becky and Stephanie were pulled apart as the fans chanted "Becky, Becky Becky".

ESPN's Adnan Virk Fired, Accused Of Leaking Confidential Information
Virk had just signed a new four-year deal with ESPN worth seven figures, according to the report . Per his ESPN bio , Virk joined ESPN in 2010 and had filled a number of roles for the company.

Emiliano Sala search: Body seen in plane wreckage
Sala went missing aboard a piper malibu aircraft over the English Channel on Jan 21 shortly after signing for Cardiff in a club-record, £15mil deal.

Everyone Is Furious Over Adam Levine's Shirtless Super Bowl Performance
Their jumping and cheering as the song comes to an end sealed their fate as our obvious MVPs for this year's halftime show. Another user said that they felt offended : "I'm more offended seeing Adam Levine's nipples than I was Janet Jackson's ".

It’s official: Super Bowl ratings plummeted in the New Orleans area
The game drew just a 26.1 rating , the lowest-ever Super Bowl rating in the city and the lowest of any market nationally. By comparison, the 2018 show game hit a 47.4 in metered markets, eventually earning 103.39 million viewers.

Other news