BC residents warned of measles outbreak in Washington State

A hospital security worker who declined to be identified stands at a door at Peace Health Southwest

A hospital security worker who declined to be identified stands at a door at Peace Health Southwest

On January 25, Governor Jay Inslee declared a local public health emergency in all counties of Washington State, where many people (mostly unvaccinated children) have become infected with measles.

Papich said there has been one suspected case so far in Spokane County, but it was determined to not be measles.

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"The existence of 26 confirmed cases in the state of Washington creates an extreme public health risk that may quickly spread to other counties".

"We have not had a case here but we're closely watching the outbreak in Washington and possibly OR, to kind of see whats happening there, we kind of expect there will be more cases", said Sarah Correll, an Epidemologist in Idaho.

A total of 35 cases have been identified, 24 of which have been in children aged one to 10 years old.

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The King County case was in a man in his 50s, who was hospitalized for the disease, which he may have acquired during a recent trip to Clark County, according to local officials. The proclamation directs state agencies and departments to utilize state resources to assist affected areas.

This allows health authorities in Washington to manage investigations, laboratory testing and other preventative measures in tackling the disease.

Though the measles MMR vaccine has been highly effective since it was first widely distributed in the United States in 1968, there has been a rising trend of parents deciding against vaccinating their children. At least 30 patients had not been vaccinated against the highly contagious viral infection.

The disease is spread through the air through coughing and sneezing and symptoms include a high fever, rash all over the body and red eyes.

The counties' public health officials urge those who believe they or their child have contracted the disease to contact their medical office and plan a visit. The outlet reported that 7.9 percent of children in Clark County were exempt in the 2017-2018 school year from vaccines required for kindergarten entry, making it a hotspot for outbreaks.

The virus is something not to be taken lightly, Peter Jay Hotez, a vaccinologist at the Baylor College of Medicine told the publication.

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