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A state of emergency and special measures in Washington due to contagious disease

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in Washington because of measles.


"Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children," Inslee said in his proclamation Friday. As of Saturday, there were 32 cases of the measles in Clark County, which sits on the state's southern border. 21 of them are children between the ages of 1 and 10. Inslee's proclamation allows agencies and departments to use state resources and "do everything reasonably possible to assist affected areas." The Washington Military Department is organizing resources to assist the DOH and local officials.

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Contagious people went to Portland International Airport, as well as to hospitals, schools, stores, churches and restaurants across Washington's Clark County and the two-state region, county officials said. nitial symptoms include fever, cough, watery eyes, and a runny nose; a blotchy red rash will typically spread to all over the infected individual’s body roughly three to five days later. One or two of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000. The proportion of children receiving no vaccine increased. However, children should get two doses of MMR vaccine: the first between 12 to 15 months of age and the second between 4 and 6 years old.

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