Clark County Measles Outbreak Increases To 43 Confirmed Cases

Three Georgia Measles Cases

Three Georgia Measles Cases

It has now hit 37. The agency said that one dose of the vaccine is about 93 percent effective at prevention, two doses raise the efficacy to 97 percent. One to three cases out of every 1,000 are fatal, he said. A common thread in the USA outbreak is that, in the majority of confirmed cases, the individuals were unvaccinated, which brings home the importance of vaccination. Clark County Public Health said in a statement Wednesday there are also 13 suspected cases.

"Measles is a highly contagious and infectious disease that can be fatal in small children", Inslee stated in his proclamation that directs state agencies and departments to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected areas and requests additional medical resources from other states to help contain the outbreak. The Washington Military Department is also coordinating resources to support the statewide effort as well as local officials in alleviating the impacts to people, property and infrastructure. A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccinations. Health officials are urging anyone who thinks they may have contracted measles to call a doctor.

If you haven't gotten the vaccination already, you likely still can.

Officials haven't yet determined how the measles outbreak started.

NY health officials dealt with almost 200 cases.

"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Melnick said. "There is no magic bullet cure to fight it". Authorities said Friday one case was a person who had received one dose of the measles vaccine. The MultiCare Immunization Clinic at South Hill Mall in Puyallup also offers free and low-priced immunizations to children and adults.

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"I wouldn't say there's any reason to worry, I'd just say folks should get prepared as best they can", Henderson said.

Stay home if you are experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms.

You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before they have a rash, and up to four days after the rash appears.

California state Sen. Richard Pan, a pediatrician who sponsored his state's bill, said he got death threats over it and had anti-vaccination advocates jam his phone lines and harass him on social media.

Clark County, Washington, has a vaccination rate of 78 percent, well below the level necessary to protect those with compromised immune systems or who can't get vaccinated because of medical issues or because they are too young.

Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles.

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