Cases of Measles Confirmed in Southern Washington


While these measures are just common sense, the anti-vaxxers are already outraged. Why risk infecting an entire classroom? Measles is a highly contagious disease but can be effectively blocked with vaccination during childhood; the disease was virtually eradicated from the the year 2000 before inoculation rates starting falling due to concerns about vaccine safety fueled by misinformation and suspicion of authority. That's similar to Washington, which allows parents to opt-out of vaccinating their children because of personal beliefs. With exemptions this broad, there really are no exemptions. There were 55 deaths last January alone at San Lazaro Hospital, Manila, majority children aged three months to four years.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Pacific Northwest in response to 26 confirmed cases in Washington, and all three individuals affected by a separate outbreak in Georgia had not been vaccinated.

An infected person can spread measles before knowing they have been infected, as people are infectious to others from four days before to four days after the onset of rash.

Confirmed Clark County cases include 38 between the ages of 1 and 10; 13 between 11 and 18; one between 19 and 29; and one between 30 and 39. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die. "Then somebody comes by with measles and, poof, it spreads easily because there are enough people to transmit and it's hard to control". They're contagious for four days after the rash starts as well.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, which declared a measles outbreak on Feb 6, 4,302 cases have been reported, 70 of them fatal, according to an update today from the country's Department of Health. And yet, here we are, 19 years later with an outbreak in our state.

This preventable disease should never have made a comeback.

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The Washington State Department of Health keeps track of residents' immunization status so people can see if they need shots.

Other Russian trolls played on fears by posting medical misinformation like "Natural infection nearly always causes better immunity than #vaccines", and "Did you know vaccines cause autism?" The claim was proven false years ago, and the report's author, British physician Andrew Wakefield, was discredited for unethical behavior. OH isn't one of those states, but some believe it could just be a matter of time. They don't buy it.

It says those born after 1970 who are not fully immunized with two doses of a measles vaccine and who have not had measles disease in the past should receive a dose of measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

In Washington state, a surge in measles cases prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency on January 25.

It is a perfectly reasonable bill that protects public health. They want a choice.

Personal choice matters, but public health matters more.