Lane County on alert for measles, influenza

Washington and OR are two of 18 U.S. states that allow this. There's been at least 35 confirmed cases of measles prompting Governor Jay Inslee to send out a warning in an emergency declaration. Authorities say nine additional cases are suspected. Twenty-four of the cases were in children between 1 and 10 years old. Castrodale said an outbreak of the disease requires a large number of unvaccinated people, but no data was immediately available on what proportion of Alaskans have received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

The hospital has restricted visitation to labor and delivery, mother-baby and neonatal intensive care units, citing the rise in measles and influenza cases. It is paramount that no more people get infected and that the outbreak is contained.

The measles virus spreads through coughing and sneezing and can live in the air where an infected person coughed or sneezed for up to two hours.

The vaccine is about 97 percent effective.

Among those 47 states, 18 states also allow parents to opt out of vaccines if they have personal, moral or philosophical beliefs against immunizations.

"Measles is a highly contagious disease, so if you're not vaccinated against the measles virus, and you come into contact with someone who is sick with measles, there's a very high likelihood that you will become sick as well", she said.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is warning that travellers to certain parts of the USA could be at risk of catching measles. Measles is an incredibly savage disease that still kills more than a hundred thousand people a year, majority children.

"This is something I've predicted for a while now", he says of the situation in Clark County.

The most recognizable symptom is a red, blotchy rash.

"We actually don't have any confirmed cases here in Lane County", said Jason Davis, Lane County Health and Human Services Public Information Officer.

In an effort to stop the spread of the illness, the Health Department and partners have provided more than 16,000 vaccinations.

It's one of the most contagious diseases known to medicine.

Health officials urged anyone who has been exposed and believes they have measles symptoms to call their health care provider before visiting a medical office to make a plan that does not put others at risk. The proportion of children receiving no vaccine doses by 2 years old rose from 0.9% among those born in 2011 to 1.3% among those born in 2015, the CDC reported in October. "The best way to prevent measles, and its complications, is to remain up-to-date with your measles vaccination".

Hawaii allowed the infected visitors to leave five days after the onset of measles, which can be spread to others four days before and four days after the rash begins, according to the Oregonian. But, people travel, and it's an airborne disease.

The vaccine provides protection against the illness well into adulthood, but Sammons warns that for those who are too young to be vaccinated or who have chosen not to vaccinate, the illness can be highly contagious and even deadly.