With the increase in the number of measles cases in Washington, here are some things to keep in mind about the contagious disease. and if you do not have immunity, you can get it only when you are in a room where a person has had measles, "said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Public Health Health Officer, Seattle & King County, release. "Fortunately, measles vaccine is very effective: Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine provide over 95% protection against measles and this protection is lasting." Only 3% of people who have been vaccinated with MMR are at risk of developing measles, and after the vaccine there is a reduction in the number of people with measles in the country by more than 99%, according to data from the Washington Department of Health .
Disease control centers believe you are protected from measles if you have written documentation showing at least one of the following:
- Two doses of measles vaccine have been received and you are in K-12 OR an adult who will be in a situation posing a risk of transmitting measles, including students in post-secondary education institutions, medical staff and international travelers.
- Get one dose of the measles vaccine and you are a pre-school child OR an adult who will not be at risk of transmitting measles.
- Laboratory confirms that you have had measles at some point in your life
- Laboratory confirms that you are immune to measles
- You are born before 1957
- Who is at high risk of serious illness and complications
- Babies and children less than 20 years of age
- Pregnant women
- People with impaired immune system such as leukemia or HIV infection
The disease can cause fever, rash , cough and red, watery eyes. It spreads mainly in the air after a person with measles from coughing or sneezing.
The symptoms of measles begin seven to 21 days after the exposure. He was infected approximately four days before a rash occurred four days after a rash occurred.
The case of measles in King County is confirmed, according to Lindsay Bosele of Public Health, Seattle & King County.
Since January 1, 25 cases of measles and 12 suspected cases have been confirmed in Clark County.
Health authorities say that 19 out of 25 cases are among children between one and 10 years of age. Five cases include children aged 11 to 18, and in one case a person between 19 and 29 years of age.
So far one person has been hospitalized.