Local authorities advise about 35 confirmed cases of measles in the state of Washington. They are quite close to declaring a state of emergency.
This outbreak is the most severe for the last years.
There were registered 34 cases of the measles in Clark County, which is on the state’s southern border, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.
There is also one case in King Countyy, Seattle.
In 30 of the above cases people did not have a measles immunization.
Washington State Department of Health initiated an infectious disease incident management structure to monitor the outbreak and its spreading.
Measles was considered eliminated in 2000. But due to rise of level if unvaccinated children it is back.
Measles is one of the most contagious viral diseases. The infection is transmitted by air. The first sign of measles is usually a fever, accompanied by a running nose, cough and redness of the eyes, following by a rash on the face and upper neck, which then spreads all over the body. Measles is dangerous because of its complications such as otitis, meningitis and encephalitis. In some cases it can lead to death.