23 confirmed measles cases in Clark County, 20 not immunized

Emergency declared in Oregon for measles outbreak in anti-vaccine hotspot

Emergency declared in Oregon for measles outbreak in anti-vaccine hotspot

Get breaking news alerts and special reports.

However, "People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance", it warned.

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared that measles was effectively "eliminated" in the United States, because the disease was not being transmitted continuously, year-round anymore, and there were fewer than 100 cases per year.

Past year saw the second highest number of reported cases of measles since 2000, according to the CDC. The year before, Minnesota reported 75 cases of measles, mostly in a Somali community where the discredited theory blaming autism on the MMR vaccine had taken hold.

The number of confirmed cases of measles in Rockland County has grown again to a total of 118 cases, up two cases from last week. However, the outbreak in Washington State has high chances of spread beyond the state boundaries.

The problem is especially pronounced, the paper found, in more than a dozen "hotspot metropolitan areas", including Portland and Seattle in the Northwest, Phoenix in the Southwest and Pittsburgh in the Northeast. At least 20 of these people are unvaccinated. The vaccine provides upwards of 95 percent protection. The encephalitis, when it didn't kill them, sometimes left people deaf or with brain damage. The majority of the cases are in kids who aren't vaccinated.

The emergency declaration helps move along investigations and warnings, a spokeswoman for the county said.

On both coasts, the outbreaks have been fueled by communities that have resisted vaccination for years. King County's vaccination rate is higher, 91 percent.

Twenty of the 23 patients in Clark County are known to have been unvaccinated. Of those, just 1 percent had medical exemptions, while a massive 7 percent objected due to "personal or religious reasons". His research was debunked, but its impact was long-lasting, and vaccine rates plummeted worldwide, including in Washington state.

He stressed getting vaccinations to protect others who have weak immunity or can not be vaccinated. But the increasingly loud and growing anti-vaccination and vaccine skeptic movements are feeding parental fears and growing pockets of resistance. The World Health Organization says reluctance toward vaccinations has played a major role in the resurgence of the virus, leading it to name vaccine hesitancy as one of its top 10 global health threats for 2019. "Measles, for example, has seen a 30 percent increase in cases globally". The New York City Department of Health is also facing a measles outbreak.

Meizu Zero is the world's first holeless smartphone
Data transfer is via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 5.0. " Meizu zero is like a natural jade, without traces of artificial carving". The smartphone instead uses mSound 2.0 on its display for audio output doubling as a speaker and earpiece.

As of Tuesday January, 22, officials tallied 23 confirmed cases in the county, which is just north of Portland.

A similar move was made in NY, where health officials in December had banned unvaccinated children from attending several schools in the Orthodox Jewish community, which has been battling a measles outbreak since the fall.

Relative to the national rate, a high proportion of children in Clark County are not vaccinated for measles.

Although some people argue that measles is a relatively harmless childhood illness, it can kill. It still kills more than 100,000 people a year, mostly children under five. 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.

At the beginning of last week, there were only a handful of confirmed cases. Brazil had more than 10,000 cases.

Federal statistics show that 81 people brought measles back to the US after travelling overseas, representing a post-elimination record.

Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000, meaning any new cases of the virus on US soil past that point had originated outside the country and the virus was not able to survive in the USA on its own. "Make sure you are vaccinated against measles before departure".

"Traveling to Israel or Ukraine, where another large outbreak is occurring?"

Maggie Fox is a senior writer for NBC News and TODAY, covering health policy, science, medical treatments and disease.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.