Portland Faces Emergency Measles Outbreak Due To Large Population Of Anti-Vaxxers

An anti-vaccination ‘hotspot’ near Portland declares an emergency over measles outbreak

A major measles outbreak has struck a county in Washington state where vaccination rates of children have been plummeting. Although someone suffering from measles had gone for the National Basketball Association game held on January 1, none of the residents of OR was affected by the virus.

Health officials in Washington state have now confirmed 23 cases of measles in Clark County, with an additional two more suspected.

The number of unvaccinated USA children under two years of age has quadrupled from 0.3 percent to 1.3 percent since 2001, the Center For Disease Control And Prevention reported in October. Eighteen of the people sick had not been immunized. The year before, Minnesota reported 75 cases of measles, mostly in a Somali community where the discredited theory blaming autism on the MMR vaccine had taken hold.

Several health care facilities, schools and a church have been identified as possible locations of public exposure.

The public health department said that people may have been exposed to measles at the Kaiser Cascade Park Medical Office on January 19, Costco on January 16, a Dollar Tree on January 15 and the Portland International Airport on January 15. Of that eight percent, about seven percent were due to personal or religious exemptions, with the remaining due to medical exemptions.

NY state is also struggling with a sizable measles outbreak. The Portland, Oregon, area, just across the Columbia River from Clark County, is one of those hotspots. Twenty-nine cases of the virus were reported in Canadain 2018.

People who think they may have the measles are asked to contact their health care provider before visiting to avoid exposing others.

In 2018, 349 cases of measles was reported across 26 states, which accounted for the second-highest number since the disease was considered eliminated in the U.S.in 2000.

"Portland is a total train wreck when it comes to vaccine rates", Hotez said in an interview with The Post. Orthodox Jewish communities were at the center of a series of outbreaks a year ago in NY and New Jersey, after unvaccinated travelers brought the virus back from Israel, which was battling an outbreak.

Measles is an extremely contagious infection that is serious for small children but is easily preventable by vaccine.

Because measles is still endemic in parts of the world, said Opel, "periodic introduction by people traveling is what's causing frequent outbreaks here".

Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing.

But there has been a recent rise in unvaccinated children. Measles causes encephalitis and pneumonia and before mass vaccination began in the 1980s, measles killed almost 2.6 million people a year, according to the World Health Organization.

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