Health Officials Confirm 42 Measles Cases In WA

Randy Kelley
February 3, 2019

Before mass vaccination, 400 to 500 people in the United States died of the measles every year, 50,000 people were hospitalized and 4,000 people developed brain swelling that can cause deafness, Melnick said.

They announced Monday that others could have been infected at the popular Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Portland and a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington.

The best way to protect your family from measles is to get vaccinated. There are four cases with unverified vaccination records, and 37 people who are unimmunized.

The cheap and incredible effective measles vaccine found itself at the heart of an incredible idiotic controversy in the late 1990s when a since-retracted report linked it to autism in children.

Measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring back the virus, causing periodic outbreaks. The states of OR and Washington are now dealing with an outbreak of measles, which had previously been eliminated in the entire United States as recently as 2000. And the worst part of the measles outbreak would be that this virus is deadly for the majority of newborns and individuals with a weak immune system. Don't go to school, work, to the store or to other people's homes.

One mum is concerned her 11-month-old is not eligible because the first to two shots in the measles series is given after one year of age. All but one case is centered in Clark County, which has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the state, with about one in four children not receiving their vaccinations. You can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been.

At least 44 people in Washington and OR have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus, which was eradicated in the U.S.in 2000 as a result of immunization but arrives periodically with overseas travelers. She said the legislation would "bring a hammer down and threaten people instead of allowing them to make informed decisions". The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person, and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

People who think they may have the measles should call their health care provider before showing up so the facility can take steps to limit other people's exposure.

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