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31 Jan 2019 | 07:36 AM UTC

US: Measles outbreak ongoing in Washington state

United States of America News Alert

Washington state health officials declare state of emergency amid ongoing measles outbreak; at least 37 cases reported in January 2019

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/30/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/13/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION Washington

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Event

Health officials have declared a state of emergency due to an ongoing measles outbreak that has infected at least 37 people in Washington state as of late-January. Cases have been reported in Clark county and King county.

US health officials have urged citizens to ensure that they are vaccinated against the disease.

Context

Symptoms of measles are usually a high fever, which begins approximately ten to 12 days after exposure to the virus and lasts four to seven days. A runny nose, a cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks can develop in the initial stage. After several days, a rash erupts, usually on the face and upper neck. Over about three days, the rash spreads, eventually reaching the hands and feet. The rash lasts for five to six days and then fades. On average, the rash occurs 14 days after exposure to the virus (within a range of seven to 18 days).

Advice

Individuals in or planning travel to the US are advised to ensure their vaccinations are up to date and to contact their doctor with any questions or concerns. Anyone experiencing the above symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.

 

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