Most of the confirmed cases involve patients younger than 10. Although Chelan and Douglas Counties do not now have a confirmed case of measles, public health officials are working closely with school districts and healthcare providers to ensure students and staff are up to-date on their vaccines. "And they're more and more at risk when we have fewer people in the community immunized".
Washington State Health officials have confirmed there are now 40 confirmed cases of measles since the start of the year and 15 suspected cases of the disease. In recent years, however, the viral illness has popped up again from NY to California and sickened hundreds.
According to the Washington Department of Health, vaccination rates in Pullman schools hover around 90 percent.
Clark County Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation.
"What keeps me up at night is eventually having a child die from this completely preventable situation", he said. The states of OR and Washington are now dealing with an outbreak of measles, which had previously been eliminated in the entire United States as recently as 2000. "It's still out there, even though it's been debunked, that the measles vaccine results in autism".
And, as of epidemiologic week 42 of 2018, the Peru Ministry of Health had also reported 2 cases imported from Venezuela.
The revelation of the outbreak's spread 'raises concerns that this can go on for a long time, become geographically larger than it is and more cases over weeks and months, ' said Dr Alan Melnick, public health director for Clark County, in southern Washington, which is at the epicenter of the outbreak and has a lower-than-normal vaccination rate. Although rubella was declared eliminated from the U.S.in 2004, cases can occur when unvaccinated people are exposed to infected people, mostly through worldwide travel.
Measles is highly contagious, so we lose herd immunity when about 5 percent of the population is unvaccinated.
Health officials traced the outbreak in Washington to an unvaccinated global traveler.
The CDC advises those who believe they are infected should stay home for four days after developing the rash to minimize the likelihood of spreading the disease.