Surprise! A bunch of kids who weren't vaccinated now have the measles

Signs posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak on Wednesday Jan. 30 2019. The outbreak has sickened 39 people in the Pacific Northwest with 13 more cases suspected. At least one patient who

Signs posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak on Wednesday Jan. 30 2019. The outbreak has sickened 39 people in the Pacific Northwest with 13 more cases suspected. At least one patient who

But in recent years, there's been a resurgence of the disease both in the U.S. and overseas, and experts believe its return is fueled by anti-vaccination laws, groups and lobbies, experts say.

Health officials in Georgia, Hawaii and OR have now reported that there have been at least one - if not multiple - confirmed cases of measles in their states.

This comes amid an outbreak in Clark County, Washington, where there have been 38 confirmed cases of measles and 13 suspected cases.

The Oregon Health Authority also reported Tuesday that a case in Multnomah County was confirmed and was connected to the outbreak in Clark County.

Officials still are not sure where the Northwest outbreak began.

Dr. Sheffield said that a population has to be 95 percent vaccinated before it's possible to keep people from being infected.

Failure to vaccinate children lowers what is known as the "herd immunity" of any given population, making it much easier for diseases to spread between individuals who haven't been vaccinated.

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'So it's like taking a lighted match and throwing it into a bucket of gasoline, basically, ' he said.

In Hawaii, state health officials warned that two unvaccinated visitors traveled to the Big Island and had confirmed cases of measles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared measles "eliminated" from the United States in 2000, but adherents of an anti-vaxx movement, tied in part to concerns over links between vaccines and autism, has led many parents to skip the shot, opening the door to potential infection. They have since returned home.

Thirty of the Clark County cases are between the ages of 1 and 10; 10 are between 11 and 18; and one case is between 19 and 29. The vaccine itself is incredible effective, and prevents measles in 97% of people. They live in Camas, Washington, where at least one infected person spent time while contagious. But it is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks. "The good news is that Utah has no measles cases". All but four cases in Clark County involved people who have not received the measles vaccine. After someone is exposed to measles, illness develops in about one to three weeks.

Health officials are urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. "Symptoms can start like any other really bad cold: a cough, runny nose, not feeling very well, red eyes", he says.

People are contagious with measles for up to four days before and up to four days after the rash appears.

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