State of emergency declared in USA measles outbreak

Inslee declares state of emergency over Washington measles outbreak

Inslee declares state of emergency over Washington measles outbreak

However, some of the people infected with the virus have visited public places like the Portland International Airport, and Washington Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist says the outbreak is expected to move across the state.

As of Saturday, there were 31 cases of the measles in Clark County, which sits on the state's southern border, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.

Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) says, so far, there have been no infections in B.C. due to the Washington State outbreak.

Around 88 per cent of children in the province have been sufficiently vaccinated against the disease.

There are 25 confirmed cases in Clark County, and a single known case in King County after a man in his 50s contracted measles and was hospitalized following a recent trip to Vancouver, according to a news release from Inslee's office. Twenty-six of the confirmed cases were people who were not immunized for measles, the agency said. Vancouver, Washington has 30 confirmed cases.

On Jan. 18, Clark County declared its own local public health emergency after the outbreak.

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The majority of the cases involve children younger than 10.

Idaho authorities have issued warnings, as well. The other four were infected from imported cases.

The measles vaccine has been part of routine childhood shots for decades, and measles was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000. Travelers infected overseas can bring the virus into the country and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.

Officials still are not sure where this Pacific Northwest outbreak began.

"Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children", Inslee said in his proclamation Friday, adding that these cases create "an extreme public health risk that may quickly spread to other counties". The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it is unknown if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment.

A full list of exposure sites connected to the Clark County outbreak is available on the Clark County Public Health website.

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