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Protect Yourself from Measles During the Outbreak

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Celia Hoffman | 01 February, 2019, 17:20

The state of emergency directs state agencies and departments to use their resources to assist affected areas in their response.

"The existence of more than 26 confirmed cases in the state of Washington creates an extreme public health risk that may quickly spread to other counties". Because measles is contagious before people realize they are sick, people who are not vaccinated may spread the disease without knowing.

One case has been confirmed in King County, where Seattle is located.

Clark County, located across the Columbia River from Portland, Oreg., has confirmed 23 cases since January 1, reports Newsweek. Nearly everyone who is not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.

The health department says the single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. Herd immunity happens when unvaccinated individuals are protected from infection because nearly everyone around them has been vaccinated and is immune to a disease. All school-age children, university students and those traveling out of the country and born on or after January 1, 1970 should have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, as should health-care workers born on or after January 1, 1957.

Obtained one dose of the measles vaccine and you're a preschool-aged youngster OR an adult who won't be in an excessive-danger setting for measles transmission. The World Health Organization says that unvaccinated young children face the highest risk of measles and its complications, including death. Twenty-six of those suffering from the disease had not been immunized and the vaccination status of four others was unverified.

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Measles is highly infectious and spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing, as well as respiratory secretions.

The measles vaccination rate for 2-year-olds in Multnomah County, home to Portland, was 87 percent in 2017, according to state data.

Across the USA, 2 percent of children did not receive standard immunizations for non-medically exempt reasons in the 2017-2018 school year.

The person while contagious visited Legacy GoHealth in Gresham and Fred Meyer in Wood Village Sunday and on Wednesday visited Gresham Troutdale Family Medical Center in Troutdale and the Walgreens Pharmacy in Troutdale.

Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of fever and malaise and then a rash starting on the head and moving down the body.

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