British Columbia health authorities warn residents about the outbreak of measles in Washington.
In January, 30 cases of infectious disease were reported in Clark County – north of Portland. There was one registered case in King County, which is the area around Seattle.
Officials there say they expect more cases.
For weeks and months
"This is not a very fast moving disease, it takes a week to three to get sick with someone," said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, a public health officer in Seattle and King, in an interview with King 5.
"So we can expect to continue to see cases related to this outbreak for many weeks and probably many months."
B. The Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) says there have not been any infections at BC. due to the outbreak of Washington.
The measles is highly infectious and spreads in the air through coughing and sneezing as well as respiratory secretions.
It can cause fever, flowing rose and watery, sore eyes, along with small red spots with white or bluish centers in the mouth and a dark red spotted rash that begins on the face and spreads according to the BCCDC.
One case is reported in Oregon because of the epidemic.
BCCDC is a B.C. residents who have recently traveled to communities with infections that might be exposed.
He wants people in BC. to revise and update their immunization status.
About 88% of the children in the province have been vaccinated enough against the disease. However, the BCCDC says that a 95% vaccination rate is recommended for discontinuation of transmission.
In 2018, six cases of measles were reported among BCs. residents. Two were acquired by people traveling to India and the Philippines. The other four were infected with cases.
So far this year there is one case of measles in the BC. It is acquired by an adult traveler who returns from the Philippines.
BCCBC says the last major outbreaks of measles in the province were in 2014 and 2010.
Those who are concerned about their potential exposure to measles but have no symptoms can call 8-1-1 and talk to a nurse.