If you have been paying attention to health news in the first part of 2019, then you are probably aware of the recent uptick in measles cases across the Pacific Northwest portion of the United States, particularly the state of Washington. While it is hardly an epidemic, Washington state health officials are keeping a close eye on the new measles cases, as 62 people have already been infected with the highly contagious virus. This is fairly uncommon for the region as a whole, with previous years having significantly fewer infection rates.
The measles virus is highly contagious, typically spread by airborne means. The virus can be particularly dangerous to newborns, senior citizens, and anyone with a weakened or compromised immune system. Health officials across the state are alerting the general public in hopes of encouraging those most at risk to seek out a health clinic in order to immediately get vaccinated. The measles vaccination can quickly protect an individual as soon as it is administered, keeping them safe from being able to contract the deadly infectious disease.
So far 61 cases of the measles have all been confined to one county, Clark County, and one single case has occurred in King County, home of the giant metropolis known as Seattle. Health experts are stating that it is possible to confine the virus from spreading, however, in order to do so hospitals and health clinics will need to encourage every patient they see to get immediately vaccinated.
Unfortunately, measles vaccinations in the state are starting to run dry at some hospitals and clinics. New supplies of the vaccinations are being shipped from other parts of the country in order to ensure that enough of the medicine is available to keep the measles from spreading to other counties or possibly even other nearby states.
President Donald Trump has even commented on the outbreak, stating that US Federal health officials are closely monitoring the situation to make sure that it is immediately contained. The President has stated that he has already mobilized Federal officials to make sure that the measles vaccinations continue to flow into Washington state to ensure that there are no more shortages at any hospitals or clinics. Thus far Federal officials seem to have a cautious but optimistic outlook on the situation, stating that more than likely the outbreak will be contained in the next month or two as reliable protocols are already in place to ensure that the disease doesn’t spread further.