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Doctors fear that the onset of measles is worsening, spreading



(AP)

A security guard enters the door of the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.

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The hospital is in a state of health. Measles spread quickly, and officials fear the worst is yet to come.

"It's like taking a bucket of gasoline and throwing a burning match into it. I'm concerned it will get worse before it gets better, "said Alan Melnick, Clark County's Healthcare Director.

Melnick said there are now 25 confirmed measles cases and 1

2 suspected cases in Clark County are children under the age of ten.

At least 21 people with the disease never got the MMR vaccine, the other four are unconfirmed.

"What people do not know about measles is how contagious it is," said Lawrence Neville, Chief Medical Officer of PeaceHealth Southwest, said, "It is spread by airborne droplets, so the air can be infectious even up to two hours later, after a measles-infected person is nearby."

Miranda Smith said she was frustrated by the outbreak, she has three small children.

"It's her life, frankly, if she's not vaccinated and something like that happens I then do to save her?

According to statistics from the US Department of Health, Clark County is the state's sixth-lowest vaccination rate.] 19659006] "I would not be surprised if we saw more cases outside of Clark County," Melnick said.

The vaccination recommendation of the CDC is 90 percent.

Many counties in Washington fall short of the recommendation, including:

  • Clark County: 76 percent
  • King County: 85 percent
  • Pierce County: 88 percent
  • Thurston County: 84 percent
  • Snohomish County: 85 percent [Most children, if they're] "Fortunately, you only get very high fever and rash and some diarrhea, but it can be dangerous enough that you get pneumonia, which may lead to hospital stays, "said Neville.

    So far, a child was hospitalized in Clark County with the measles.

    The health department said people with measles symptoms omen should call before visiting a doctor or emergency room to warn the workers.

    The doctors said the best way to stop the spread of the disease was vaccination.


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