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"Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected, but there are pockets of people within communities that have low immunizations rates", public health officials said.
But in recent years, there's been a resurgence of the disease both in the USA and overseas, and experts believe its return is fueled by anti-vaccination laws, groups and lobbies, experts say. Vaccination is a fool-proof method to curb the spread of measles.
Public health officials scrambling to contain a measles outbreak in the U.S. Northwest warned people to vaccinate their children Monday and anxious that it could take months to contain the highly contagious viral illness due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the epicenter of the crisis.
There are 40 confirmed cases in the Northwest, including 38 clustered in southwest Washington, one in Portland and one in Seattle. And say they're seeing about five new cases each day. Don't go to school, work, to the store or to other people's homes.
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.
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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".
'So it's like taking a lighted match and throwing it into a bucket of gasoline, basically, ' he said.
Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency because of the outbreak. Since Jan. 1, we have identified 42 confirmed cases and seven suspect cases. One vaccine provides 93 percent immunity from measles, and two shots provide 97 percent protection.
Meanwhile, the ongoing measles outbreak in Washington, US, has reached the highest number of infections since 1996, according to an official.
There is now a measles outbreak that started in Washington and has made its way to OR, and anti-vaxxers are the sole cause of this retro death threat. After three to five days, a rash usually begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.