Measles Outbreak Has Cost Washington More Than $1 Million

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Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash.

"We're talking about 162 people that have been pulled from the agency away from their regular jobs to actually support this outbreak investigation". Its complications include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, and even death, according to the DOH.

Nine out of 10 unvaccinated people who are exposed to the virus will contract it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

In hopes of reducing the possibility of future outbreaks, lawmakers in Olympia have proposed two measures to tighten the personal or philosophical exemption used to excuse children from vaccines necessary for school entry.

While there has been attention in the media recently related to outbreaks of measles in multiple states, authorities say there are no current outbreaks of measles in Kansas. A person is contagious for about four days before the rash erupts and four days after its onset.

The Iowa state Senate Tuesday rejected a bill Tuesday that would have prohibited health insurance providers and insurance companies from discriminating against people who refuse to get vaccinated.

The number of measles cases had been steadily declining due to the consistent vaccination of children worldwide.

Unvaccinated children aged 5 and below are at highest risk of the disease, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo earlier said. To protect against the potential of outbreaks in the state and to protect those who are too young to be vaccinated or are unable to be vaccinated because of certain health conditions, KDHE encourages all people in Kansas to be fully vaccinated.

A case of measles hasn't been reported in the Interior since 2011, when there were seven cases. "While measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa".

If you think you have contracted measles, be sure to alert your doctor before you go for a checkup, so they can quickly get to you. An INSPQ study shows that in 2016, 94 per cent of Quebec two-year-olds had received both doses of the measles vaccine, up from 88 per cent in 2006. For them, we keep saying the messages that we say: that vaccines are safe and effective.

"When people get vaccinated, they are protecting themselves and their community".

The U.S.is also experiencing travel-related outbreaks, with 127 cases of measles confirmed in 10 states between January 1 and February 14, with Washington and NY states particularly hard hit by the disease, says a report by the Centers for Disease Control.

Preventable diseases like measles have a vaccination that is typically given to children in kindergarten.

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