Clark County up to 36 confirmed measles cases

Clark County Public Health Director Dr. Alan Melnick said the measles outbreak which has spread bey

Authorities in neighboring OR and Idaho have issued warnings.

Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement that the outbreak in Clark County "creates an extreme public health risk" that could spread throughout the state.

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

Measles virus travels through the air.

And once there are pockets of disease, the possibility of a measles outbreak increases. Officials now worry the virus will spread to other large metropolitan areas.

The counties' public health officials urge those who believe they or their child have contracted the disease to contact their medical office and plan a visit.

'And it's expensive to hospitals and to local and public health officials to treat these cases and to track down these cases and get people vaccinated'.

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"While most people who catch measles will recover completely within a couple of weeks, it's important to remember measles can be a very serious illness that can leave permanent disability, and occasionally even kill". One case has been confirmed across the river in Portland, Ore., and another has been identified in Seattle.

Canadians travelling to affected communities are at risk of exposure to measles, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control said.

Free MMR vaccines are available by calling the Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2497 or 845-364-2520 to schedule an appointment to get a free MMR vaccine at the Pomona health complex. It is possible for anyone of any age to get measles and it can be more severe in teens and adults than in young children. "It's all hands on deck", Alan Melnick, the county health officer, tells the AP "Clearly this is going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and it wouldn't surprise me if we were in the seven figures by the time we're done here". And we wouldn't be dealing with this if we had vaccination rates up.

He said: "I think the best thing we can do to prevent this is to have the vaccination rates higher".

The measles vaccination rate for 2-year-olds in Multnomah County, home to Portland, was 87 percent in 2017, according to state data. Although that shot would not count for the two recommended vaccines, according to Dr. Fan.

HB-1638 would only apply to measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines in the "philosophical or personal objections" category. These exemptions have made OR and Washington "more susceptible to entirely preventable outbreaks", he told Vox.

Deschutes County Health Services is working to notify people of their potential exposure and help them take steps to stop the spread of the virus. The disease is contagious from approximately four days before the characteristic rash appears to four days after the rash appears. A measles outbreak near Portland has sickened dozens of people in OR and Washington, with several more cases suspected, and public health officials scrambling to contain the virus say low vaccination rates are making the situation worse.

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