What's going on with the latest measles outbreak?

What's going on with the latest measles outbreak?

According to the Washington Department of Health, vaccination rates in Pullman schools hover around 90 percent.

A measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest became more worrisome on Wednesday with word that people infected with the extremely contagious viral illness travelled to Hawaii and central OR after being exposed.

Misinformation is circulating on social media, said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County public health director.

According to WAC 246-105-030, measles is one of many diseases for which a child is required to be vaccinated against or show proof of immunity, before attending any school (public or private) or child care center.

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This estimate ranks Venezuela near the bottom of measles vaccination coverage in the PAHO region.

Moreover, many residents of Venezuela transit through Colombia to Ecuador, where, by epidemiologic week 44 of 2018, a total of 13 of the 600 suspected cases imported from Venezuela had been confirmed as measles by the Ecuador Ministry of Health.

United States officials scrambling to contain a measles crisis in the USA are warning people to vaccinate their children, fearing it could take months to contain the outbreak due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the epicentre of the crisis. 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. Most of the patients are children under 10, and one child has been hospitalized. One dose of the measles vaccine gives 93 percent lifelong immunity; a second dose between ages 4 and 6 provides 97 percent immunity. They live in Camas, Washington, where at least one infected person spent time while contagious. Outside of the family noted above, there are no reports of secondary cases of measles.

As long as people in the community aren't vaccinated, doctors say there is potential for an outbreak. One to three cases out of every 1,000 are fatal, he said. Anyone who becomes sick or thinks they may have been exposed to measles should contact their health care provider immediately and let them know that you may have been exposed to measles.

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