Dozens of people have become infected with a measles outbreak that is currently spreading throughout the Pacific Northwest. Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, has declared a state of emergency in all counties on Friday
"Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be fatal to infants," Inslee said in a statement on Friday. "Almost anyone who is not immune will get measles when exposed to the virus." The statement will make the state's resources tackle the problem directly and "do whatever it takes to support the affected political subdivisions," Inslee said.
The latest US Department of State Health Department figures from Saturday indicate that The number of confirmed cases has risen to 32 since January 1 in two counties, with the majority of cases occurring in children over 10 years younger. According to Clark County Public Health, 27 of those infected in the district had not received any measles vaccine. One person was hospitalized during the outbreak.
At least one case related to the Washington outbreak was reported in Omnon's Multnomah County on Friday two weeks after a person has become infected with measles, it is unlikely that people will immediately know that they are infected, and may spread them by yourself. First symptoms include fever, cough, watery eyes and a runny nose; A patchy red rash will usually spread around the entire body of the infected person about three to five days later. Before a rash breaks out, the infected will likely experience Koplik spots or white patches on the inside of the mouth.
The exact cause of the outbreak is currently unknown, but the Oregonian reports that low vaccination coverage in the area meant that it was only a matter of time before an avoidable outbreak like this one arrived in the Pacific Northwest. The Associated Press described the Northwest as a "hotspot" for the feeling of vaccine vaccine, adding that both countries where the outbreak was observed "allow vaccine exemptions for personal reasons." If vaccination rates do not rise, it could be in the area to come to further incidents like this.
"The bottom line is, it's no surprise we're seeing this now," said Melnick.
Explanation: Additional context for anti-vaccine sentiment in the Pacific Northwest.