What's going on with the latest measles outbreak?

Leslie Hanson
February 2, 2019

"There are 40 confirmed cases in the Northwest, including 38 clustered in southwest Washington, one in Portland and one in Seattle".

East Wenatchee, WA - Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, public health officials are working closely with school districts and healthcare providers throughout Chelan and Douglas County to ensure students and staff are up-to-date on their vaccines. "The rate of measles in the USA recently jumped from an average of 60 cases a year to 205 cases annually", the Mayo Clinic says.

The revelation prompted public health officials in Oregon's Deschutes County and in Hawaii to issue alerts, although no cases were confirmed in either location. Authorities said Friday one case was a person who had received one dose of the measles vaccine. Health officials are urging anyone who thinks they may have contracted measles to call a doctor.

Collin and Tarrant counties were singled out in a national survey as anti-vaccination "hotspots" for non-medical vaccine exemptions among school-age children.

You can request a copy of your vaccination records from the Oregon Health Authority by printing out this online form.

In 2018, 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles were confirmed in the United States.

There have not been many recent cases on the east coast, but a LewisGale pediatrician says the risk exists for communities who don't immunize. The best defense against infection is vaccination, which the CDC says is "about 97 percent effective".

A measure introduced by Republican Rep. Paul Harris of Vancouver, Washington - the epicenter of the current outbreak - would remove the personal exemption specifically for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

None of the infected people were vaccinated and they are no longer contagious. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, and, after the first few days, a rash. If exposed to the virus, anyone who is not immune is likely to get measles.

Thirty-one of the confirmed patients had not been vaccinated against measles. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.

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