Washington governor declares state of emergency over measles outbreak

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"Measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000, but it's been allowed to return", Peter Hotez, an infectious diseases researcher at Baylor College of Medicine, tells Vox.

But measles is still a big problem in other parts of the world.

The department is encouraging the public and medical professionals to watch for symptoms and take steps to reduce the virus's spread.

She also urges anyone who is concerned about measles to speak to a health care provider before coming into the office. Most cases of measles are acquired or linked to worldwide travel.

"This is something I've predicted for a while now", he says of the situation in Clark County.

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The first vaccine gives you a 93 percent protection against the measles and the second dose raises the effectiveness to 97 percent.

The rise in nonmedical vaccine exemptions plays an important role, as noted by Peter Hotez, a Baylor College of Medicine infectious diseases researcher.

To keep your child safe and strengthen herd immunity, be assured that there is absolutely no evidence to support the idea that vaccines cause autism.

"While we do want to have a heightened level of concern and be aware of measles, there are many more much more common viruses that are circulating", she said.

"It's all hands on deck".

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"We don't have any visitation restrictions in place at Cottage Grove Community Medical Center", said Catherine Kroll, Director for Infection Prevention at PeaceHealth.

USA county-level nonmedical vaccine exemption rates, 2016-2017. Low vaccination rate is widely believed as the reason behind recent outbreaks. "Vaccination is critical to protect yourself from getting measles and spreading your infection to others", added Dr. Pino. For more information about measles, see: bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/measles on the BCCDC website.

The measles vaccine is available as a combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. One dose of measles vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus. However, the fractured state of the public health system in the USA allows millions of parents to be granted exemptions by states and localities from their children receiving the MMR vaccine. Below that, people who can't get the shot-like newborns and individuals with deficient immune systems-are at increased risk of contracting the disease.

Who cares if measles are the most contagious of any disease known to man.

The measles virus spreads through coughing and sneezing and can live in the air where an infected person coughed or sneezed for up to two hours.

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The local public health emergency in the affected counties began on January 18, according to the statement, which also reminds Washington residents that "the measles vaccine is effective at preventing the disease when given prior to exposure".

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