These people were not vaccinated, and the Georgia Department of Public Health recently announced that they are now out of the infectious state of the disease.
MI has not been impacted yet, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning the outbreak is only expected to get worse.
"I would hope that this ends soon, but this could go on for weeks, if not months", said Dr. Alan Melnick, public health director in Clark County, Washington, just north of Portland. Most of the confirmed cases have been children under 10. Liberal-leaning OR and Washington have some of the nation's highest statewide vaccine exemption rates, driven in part by low vaccination levels in scattered communities and at some private and alternative schools.
Officials in the state of Washington have declared a state of emergency after a recent outbreak of measles, where there have been 36 confirmed cases across two counties.
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"What a lot of people don't realize is that it's one of the most contagious viruses we've ever known".
Clark County, where the first case was documented, has a 78 percent vaccination rate - far below the 95 percent required for "herd immunity" for such a contagious virus. Thirteen additional suspected cases were reported Wednesday, and some of those will likely be confirmed, Dr Melnick said. The agency said that one dose of the vaccine is about 93 percent effective at prevention, two doses raise the efficacy to 97 percent.
Despite the measles being declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, there are outbreaks on both the East and West Coasts. But it is still a big problem in other parts of the world, and travelers infected overseas can bring the virus back and spread it, causing periodic outbreaks.
Stay home if you have the measles.
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The good news for Treasure Valley parents is that local schools have pretty high rates of children being up-to-date on their MMR shots. One to three cases out of every 1,000 are fatal, he said.
The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in OR and Washington since January 1, with 11 more cases suspected.
The main people at risk in the current outbreak are those lacking immunity, which is achieved by being vaccinated or by having had the measles disease itself. "The best way to get prepared is to make sure you and your children that you're responsible for are up to date on your vaccinations".
Measles often begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.
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