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Washington measles outbreak: Gov. Inslee declares public health emergency

State of emergency declared in US measles outbreak Information for B.C. residents about measles outbreak in Washington state
Patty Aguilar | 29 January, 2019, 10:10

However, in Clark County, it was nearly 8 percent of children, according to state records seen by The Washington Post. 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.

Medical experts call it an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination rates in an anti-vaccination U.S.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency over the measles outbreak Friday. For now, public health officials are focused on preventing additional exposure.

The centre adds that while it is expected that most travellers will be immune to measles, some individuals will be susceptible, including infants less than one-year-old or people who have never been immunized against measles.

"If the measles virus is introduced from overseas into populations that have not had the vaccination, it will spread very widely since measles is probably the most contagious virus we know", says Schaffner. Vancouver, Washington has 30 confirmed cases.

The best protection against measles is vaccination. Doctors say it's a red alert for anyone in King County who has not been vaccinated against measles. Of those, 400 to 500 people died and 48,000 were hospitalized, according to the CDC.

In BC, children receive two doses of measles-containing vaccine during routine immunization, with the first at 12 months of age and the second at four years of age or school entry. For the most recent years of data available, 87.3 per cent of children turning two had received one dose of measles vaccine, and 88.4 per cent of children turning seven had received two doses, based on data in the provincial immunization registry reported by BC health authorities.

"The measles virus basically only lives in the air or in the environment for about two hours". People who visited those locations during the dates and times listed at this link may have been exposed.

"It's (the vaccine's) nearly 97 or 98 percent effective if you've taken the two doses", Vaid said. Those people stayed home and later got ill, Armstrong said. Symptoms include cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever and blotchy skin rashes. The virus can lead to pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain).

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