Washington Governor declares state of emergency over measles outbreak

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Both states now allow parents to opt out of getting the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine.

None of the infected people were vaccinated and they are no longer contagious.

"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Public Health director, said in a news release.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") say the number of cases in the USA has almost tripled in the previous year.

Clark County Public Health says there are now 13 additional suspected cases.

As many as 1 out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young children. Of the 41 confirmed cases, 37 are people who were not immunized and four are unverified.

No cases of measles have been reported in Chelan or Douglas County. There has also been an exposure in Bend, Ore., but no confirmed cases in that area yet. Someone who has no immunity can get sick up to three weeks after they have been exposed to the virus.

The measles outbreak that has sickened 38 people in Washington state has spread to Hawaii and OR by travelers with the highly-contagious disease.

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Herd immunity is a level of vaccination at which people who can't safely get vaccines (because they have HIV, cancer, or other conditions which make their immune systems more fragile) are protected.

Clark County Public Health, 360-397-8021.

People may have been exposed to the disease at about four dozen locations, including Portland International Airport and a Portland Trail Blazers game, officials said.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation.

If you have not had the measles, and are unsure whether you have been vaccinated, talk with your health care provider.

Recognize the symptoms. Early signs of measles resemble those of a cold or the flu: a runny nose, cough, fever, red eyes and sore throat tend to appear before the telltale rash begins to spread.

People who believe they have these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and avoid contact with other people to void the illness from spreading further.

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