Measles case confirmed in Multnomah County

Governor Jay Ipsee as declared a state public health emergency after more than two dozen measles cases have been reported primarily affecting small children

Governor Jay Ipsee as declared a state public health emergency after more than two dozen measles cases have been reported primarily affecting small children

A state of emergency was declared in Washington's Clark County and at least one case has also been confirmed in OR, and it's not out of the question that the outbreak could travel north toward the Lower Mainland. Vancouver, Washington has 30 confirmed cases.

This week, two more confirmed measles cases pushed the outbreak total to 118 in Rockland County, New York. Most people receive the MMR vaccine against measles at a young age, making the risk of contracting the infection very low.

While the King County website says the man in his 50s is a "suspected case", the governor said in a news release it is a confirmed case of measles. You can find additional details on exposure sites on the Public Health - Seattle & King County and Clark County Public Health websites.

Inslee's proclamation allows agencies and departments to use state resources and "do everything reasonably possible to assist affected areas".

Officials say 26 of the patients were not vaccinated against the highly contagious disease and in four cases it's unclear whether the person was vaccinated.

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. These locations include a Costco, an IKEA, the Portland airport, and the basketball arena where the Portland Trail Blazers play.

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However, a United Nations report found that waste from a 2015 disaster "contained high levels of toxic heavy metals". According to Vale's website, the waste is composed mostly of sand and is non-toxic. "Time is passing", she said.

Measles is easily spread when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.

Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of fever and malaise and then a rash starting on the head and moving down the body.

William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist and a professor of preventive medicine and health policy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, estimates that the measles immunization is about 98 percent effective in protecting people from the illness.

In 1978, the CDC set a goal to eliminate measles from the United States by 1982.

The disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000 but has since made a comeback that is tied to imported cases and the rise of the anti-vaccine movement. The proportion of children receiving no vaccine doses by 2 years old rose from 0.9% among those born in 2011 to 1.3% among those born in 2015, the CDC reported in October.

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