According to CNN, Washington state is experiencing the highest number of measles cases since 1996 - 37 to be exact - and is now in a state of emergency.
Early symptoms include a fever, runny nose and malaise, followed by a red rash that starts around the head and moves down the body. The states of OR and Washington are now dealing with an outbreak of measles, which had previously been eliminated in the entire United States as recently as 2000. Ninety percent of people exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated will get it, health officials said.
DPH urges healthcare providers to maintain heightened awareness for patients with measles or symptoms of measles. Effective treatments for people with measles are largely limited to drinking lots of fluids, rest, Vitamin A and over the counter pain relievers.
One anti-vaxx mom's post went viral after she asked members of the private Facebook group "Vaccine Education Network: Natural Health Anti-Vaxx Community " how to protect her child from measles. "There is no magic bullet cure to fight it".
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In an effort to stop the spread of the illness, the Health Department and partners have provided more than 16,000 vaccinations. Vaccinations are free for children and low cost for adults at area hospitals through a partnership with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, as well, which partners with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital's free vaccination clinics for children.
In short, a harsh measles outbreak hit the United States this year, and the main reason why the virus spread so fast across the young populations is the anti-vaxxer movement which considers vaccines as harmful for children.
Measles virus travels through the air. Women should make sure they are protected from rubella before they get pregnant. But measles 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. "And a few days after that you get that famous rash". Someone who has no immunity can get sick up to three weeks after they have been exposed to the virus. Contact your health care provider or schedule an appointment for the vaccine with the Washoe County Health District.
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