More than 19,000 people attended the game against the Hornets but reports have confirmed that (somehow) no OR residents have been diagnosed with the virus, which led health officials to believe that there is a high probability that the disease spread over to Washington State.
The Rockland County Department of Health said there also another five suspected cases of measles they are now monitoring. Eighteen had not been immunized, and it's unclear whether the remaining three were. 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.
"This is something I've predicted for a while now", he said of the public health emergency in Clark County.
A public health emergency was declared Friday in Clark County, less than a half hour drive from Portland, in response to the measles outbreak. At least 20 of those suffering from the virus never received the measles vaccine, according to WaPo. Officials have also identified four suspected cases. Of those, just 1 percent had medical exemptions, while a massive 7 percent objected due to "personal or religious reasons". "The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is 97 percent effective for two doses and 93 percent effective for one dose".
The problem is especially pronounced, the paper found, in more than a dozen "hotspot metropolitan areas", including Portland and Seattle in the Northwest, Phoenix in the Southwest and Pittsburgh in the Northeast.
People who may have been exposed to measles may receive a call from county officials and are encouraged to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to avoid exposing others in the waiting room.
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The outbreaks in NY and Washington state began last fall, but they're still going on. The outbreaks were largely associated with travelers who brought the virus back from Israel, where there is now a widespread outbreak. In nearby New Jersey, officials reported 33 cases, according to The New York Times.
In 2018, 26 states and the District of Columbia - including OR and Washington - reported a total of 349 measles cases, the second-highest annual count since measles was declared eliminated from the U.S.in 2000, according to the CDC.
Social media posts promoting anti-vaccination views, particularly from celebrities and other trusted people, are often cited as a cause of recent decreases in vaccination rates.
Although some people argue that measles is a relatively harmless childhood illness, it can kill.
"If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch a contaminated surface, then touch their eyes, noses or mouths, they can become infected", the county warned in a news release Tuesday.
While many people feel like measles are not a big deal, officials are concerned because serious complications such pneumonia and brain infections can arise, Lindquist said.