More than 100 King County schools don't meet measles vaccination standards

More than 100 King County schools don't meet measles vaccination standards

Health officials are urging residents to make sure they're up to date on their measles vaccinations amid an outbreak of the infection in southwestern Washington.

"Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and almost everyone who comes into contact with measles and isn't vaccinated will become infected.

Almost eight percent of children in Clark County were exempt from standard vaccination for the 2017-2018 school year, according to state records reported by the Washington Post.

At least thirty eight schools in Seattle have a rate of 90 percent or below for measles immunizations. Only 1.2 percent of the children had a medical dispensation, meaning that almost 7 percent were not immunized for personal or religious reasons.

According to Public Health Seattle & King County, the man in his 50s was hospitalized but has since been released.

Clark County will start making robo-calls Tuesday to people who can be identified and tracked down, to warn them of the risk.

In the Clark County outbreak, people who have contracted the virus have visited community hubs like schools, churches, and doctor's offices, along with a Costco, an Ikea, a Dollar Store and other locations, according to Clark County Public Health. Before then, measles was a common childhood ailment, and the illness used to kill 400 to 500 people every year in the United States, and sicken 3 to 4 million more.

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"In a given year, more measles cases can occur for any of the following reasons: an increase in the number of travelers who get measles overseas and bring it into the US, and/or further spread of measles in USA communities with pockets of unvaccinated people", the Centers for Disease Control said.

"Portland is a total train wreck when it comes to vaccine rates", Hotez said in an interview with The Post.

Measles is a dire price to pray for leniency about vaccination, Hotez cautioned, calling the illness "one of the most serious infectious diseases known to humankind". 2018 registered the second-highest number of cases since 200, with 349 infections reported as of December 29. People can spread measles before they have the characteristic measles rash.

Since then the number had continued to grow weekly as unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children and adults were exposed, the department said.

"The initial child with measles was unvaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring". The reasons for the rise in new measles cases are related to increased travels to areas where measles is more common, as well as the vulnerability of communities in the US where people choose not to vaccinate their families against the disease.

The county's health department emphasized how easily the virus can spread, remaining for as long as two hours in the air of a room where an infected person has been. Eighteen of the people sick had not been immunized.

"It's not a benign illness", Opel said.

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