Measles outbreak in Vancouver area: 41 confirmed and 15 suspect cases

Alicia Farmer
February 2, 2019

The AP noted that Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, which is too low to protect those with compromised immune systems, those who can not get vaccinated because of medical problems, or those who are too young.

The measles outbreak in Washington state is spreading, and now there are at least nine states with cases.

So far, none of the patients whose immunization status has been confirmed got their measles vaccination.

"Even though the CDC bureaus declared measles as 'eradicated" in the 2000s, a new measles outbreak hit the United States, proving that there's nothing eliminated regarding the measles virus.

This estimate ranks Venezuela near the bottom of measles vaccination coverage in the PAHO region. The current measles outbreak in Clark County and one diagnosed case in King County are examples of why the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine is a crucial requirement. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it isn't known if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment.

Failure to vaccinate children lowers what is known as the "herd immunity" of any given population, making it much easier for diseases to spread between individuals who haven't been vaccinated.

MI has not been impacted yet, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning the outbreak is only expected to get worse. And the potentially deadly disease is making a comeback mostly in unvaccinated children: Of the total reported cases, 32 were in unvaccinated people, 25 of whom were children under the age of 10.

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Three cases of measles have been confirmed among one Atlanta, Georgia family, health officials reported.

The vaccine has been part of routine childhood shots for decades.

Last year, there were 17 outbreaks and about 350 cases of measles in the US.

As long as people in the community aren't vaccinated, doctors say there is potential for an outbreak.

900 miles away here in Utah, Intermountain Health Care experts like Dr. Tamara Sheffield are urging the public to get vaccines for their kids if they haven't yet.

Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of high fever, malaise and red eyes, followed by a rash that starts on the head and moves down the body.

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