A measles epidemic in Southwestern Washington state has risen to 16 confirmed cases. Health officials say most of the victims are children who did not receive shots to protect from the disease. Thus, the measles virus is capturing unvaccinated children in Washington’s Clark County. The health officials declared 16 cases since January 1. A Clark County Public Health release depicts 13 of the cases are under the age of 11. Only two children have immunization status, and 14 of them are not vaccinated. Officials say three more sites may have the virus.
According to CNN, a person infected with measles virus was present in Portland Trail Blazers home game in Oregon. The infected people also went to Portland International Airport and other public places. County officials revealed a number of 21 people having the disease. Twenty among them are children. Besides, officials say the disease is highly contagious. Measles is an infectious virus that can spread through the air. The symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes, rashes on the body, and runny nose. A Washington State Department of Health fact sheet reveals measles can be harmful if it takes place in infants and toddlers.
The Clark County Public Health recommends people to see their doctor if they see any symptoms of the disease. Those people should not directly go to healthcare clinics or emergency departments. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one or two of every 1,000 children die due to the virus. Previously, in 1978, the CDC decided to wipe out measles from the U.S. by 1982. The health agency successfully achieved the goal at that time. But recently, there has been a rise in vaccine hesitancy. The children receiving no vaccine are vulnerable to these contagious diseases. The CDC suggests people have the measles, mumps, and rubella shot to protect against harmful viruses. Only MMR vaccine can protect people from those viruses. Thus, the CDC recommends children to get two doses of the vaccination.
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