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30 Mar 2019 | 04:42 PM UTC

US: Pacific Northwest measles outbreak continues as of late March /update 2

United States of America News Alert

Authorities report at least 84 cases of measles in Washington and Oregon states as of March 22; continued spread of the disease likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/30/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/6/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION Washington, Oregon, Multnomah county (OR), Clark county (WA), King county (WA)

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Event

State health officials in Washington and Oregon states have recorded at least 84 cases of measles as of Friday, March 22, primarily centered around Portland (Oregon state). Most of those infected are under the age of 10. Of the 84 cases, 73 have been reported in Clark county (Washington state) and six were found in Multnomah county (Oregon state). Washington's King county and Oregon's Clackamas, Columbia, and Marion counties have also reported confirmed cases. The continued spread of the disease is likely in the coming weeks. US health officials have urged citizens to ensure that they are vaccinated against measles.

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

 

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