Measles Cases Confirmed In Washington State

Leslie Hanson
February 5, 2019

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There is enough supply of measles vaccine, the Department of Health assured Filipinos Tuesday amid the increasing number of cases of the infectious disease. Public Health now says 49 cases have been confirmed, up from 47 on Sunday, with nine cases currently suspected.

At least 50 confirmed cases in the northwest and health officials are anxious it could continue to rise.

NY has also seen an outbreak that started in the fall of 2018 and has continued into 2019. Clark County has among the lowest vaccination rates in Washington. One patient received a vaccination against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), but the health agency declined to provide more details on that case "to protect the patient's privacy".

"The anti-vaccine movement is becoming more common where parents want to raise their children in a natural way, but what they are doing is leaving their child open to diseases", Maldonado said. Officials have identified another four confirmed cases, bringing the total to 47.

He advised families to check their immunization records. At least eight other states have reported measles cases this year: Hawaii, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Colorado, California and Georgia.

The health department is encouraging anyone who may have symptoms of measles to contact your doctor. The majority of the cases involve children under the age of ten. They succumb when complications become too severe.


Vitamin A is found in many foods, such as spinach, dairy products and liver. Most side effects are mild, and it does not cause autism.

Prior to the vaccine, measles caused approximately 450 to 500 deaths each year in the United States. Before the vaccine's introduction in 1963, there were four million measles cases in the US every year, with 48,000 hospitalizations and 500 deaths.

A measles outbreak in the Portland, Ore., area has revived a bitter debate over "philosophical" exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Northwest scramble to limit the fallout.

Experts recommend that children receive the vaccine in two doses: the first between the ages of 12 months and 15 months and the second between 4 and 6 years old.

"Yes, there will be an increase in vaccine-preventable diseases due to a loss of herd immunity", explained Dr.

The first symptoms of measles are a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis), which could be confused with any number of other viruses, especially during cold and flu season.

One out of 1,000 get encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, that can lead to seizures, deafness, or even brain damage.

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