As of Saturday, there are 32 confirmed measles cases in Washington: an outbreak that has already caused the governor Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency.
"Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be deadly in young children," Inslee said in his proclamation on Friday, adding that these cases create "an extreme risk of public health that can be spread quickly to other counties ".
As of Saturday, there were 31 cases of measles in the county of Clark, which is on the southern border of the state, on the other side of the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. Of the 31 cases, 21 are children between 1 and 10 years of age.
There is also a case in King County, which includes Seattle. While the King County website says that the 50s man is a "suspected case," the governor said in a press release that it is a confirmed case of measles.
In a King County health alert, it was said the man had recently traveled to Clark County.
Inslee's proclamation allows agencies and departments to use state resources and "do whatever is reasonably possible to help the affected areas."
A press release on the governor's website says that the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has implemented an infectious disease for the Incident Management Structure so that it can Manage the public health aspects of the outbreak through investigations and laboratory tests.
The Washington Military Department, according to the release, is organizing resources to help DOH and local officials reduce the effects on people, property and infrastructure.
Last week, a person infected with measles attended a home game of Portland Trail Blazers in Oregon, in the middle of the outbreak. The contagious people also went to the Portland International Airport, as well as to hospitals, schools, shops, churches and restaurants through Clark County in Washington and the two-state region, county officials said.
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Measles is a contagious virus that extends through cough and sneezing. Symptoms like high fever, whole body rash, congested nose and red eyes usually disappear without treatment within two or three weeks. One or two out of every 1,000 children who receive measles will die from complications, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 1978, the CDC set an objective to eliminate measles in the United States in 1982. Measles were declared eliminated, defined by the absence of continuous disease transmission for more than 12 months, from the United States, the # 39 ; year 2000
But there has been a recent increase in unvaccinated children. The proportion of children who do not receive 2-year vaccination doses rose from 0.9% among those born in 2011 to 1.3% among those born in 2015, the CDC reported at # 39; October.
The CDC recommends people who receive the measles, rubella and rubella vaccine to protect themselves from these viruses. The typical recommendations are that the children should have two doses of MMR vaccine, the first between 12 and 15 months of age and the second between 4 and 6 years.