PORTLAND, ORIGIN (AP) – The number of confirmed cases of measles near Portland has increased from 25 to 30 on Friday and there are nine others suspected of suffering from the disease.
The outbreak of measles has been fed by a lower than usual incidence of vaccination in what has been identified as a focus of vaccine adversaries in the United States.
Health authorities in the southwest of Washington State, across the Columbia River, said people could be exposed to the dangerous disease in more than thirty places, including the Portland International Airport. Trail Blazers, Amazon Locker location and stores such as Ikea and Costco.
Twenty-six of the confirmed patients have not been vaccinated against measles and the vaccination status of four others who have been infected is unknown. One person was hospitalized.
Most of the cases include children under the age of 10 years, says a Clark County Public Health Department statement. Adult is infected, and the rest are teenagers.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced state emergency health on Friday, and authorities in neighboring states of Idaho and Oregon also issue residents' alerts.
The number of cases "creates a serious risk to public health, which can quickly spread to other countries," Inslee said.