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    Public health emergency declared over measles near Portland, Oregon

    Public health emergency declared over measles near Portland, Oregon

    Portland is one of the nation’s 15 anti-vaccine “hot spots.”

    A public health emergency has been declared in Clark County, Washington, which is near the border of Oregon and close to Portland. The declaration is a result of an ongoing measles outbreak.

    According to the latest update from the county’s Department of Health, 23 cases of measles have been confirmed and health officials are investigating two more suspected cases.

    The majority of cases are in children aged 1 to 10. Four cases are in children and teens aged 11 to 18, and one person aged 19 to 29 has been infected.

    Measles is an extremely contagious infection that is serious for small children but is easily preventable by vaccine. Symptoms, which include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever, and a red, blotchy skin rash, usually develop 10 to 12 days after exposure and last 7 to 10 days.

    It appears the root cause of this emergency is the lack of vaccinations. Eighteen of the 23 sick people are under the age of 10 and 20 of the 23 didn’t get their measles vaccine, and one person has been hospitalized.

    This is exactly the kind of scenario public health experts have been warning about. In 2018, the World Health Organization said measles cases had surged by 30% around the globe, with some of the biggest hikes in places like the US and Europe, where more parents are opting not to give their kids recommended shots like MMR (protecting against measles, mumps, and rubella).

    “This is something I’ve predicted for a while now,” Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told The Washington Post. “It’s really awful and really tragic and totally preventable.”

    The reason that Portland has been featured in many reports is that the city is known to be an anti-vaccination “hot spot.” Researchers reported in the journal PLOS Medicine that since 2009 there has been an increase in the number of children enrolling in kindergarten with a non-medical exemption at higher rates in specific geographic areas, including Portland. Other cities that are “hot spots” are:

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Spokane, WA
    • Phoenix, AZ,
    • Salt Lake City, UT
    • Provo, UT,
    • Houston, TX
    • Fort Worth, TX
    • Plano, TX,
    • Austin, TX
    • Troy, MI
    • Warren, MI
    • Detroit, MI
    • Kansas City, MO
    • Pittsburgh, PA

    Public health officials are also warning that fans who attended a Portland Trail Blazers NBA game in Oregon earlier this month may have been exposed to measles.

    Officials in Multnomah County, Oregon said an individual “known to be contagious with the disease” attended the game on Jan. 11 and may have exposed other attendees to the viral infection if they were at Portland’s Moda Center between 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. T

    …According to NBC, there have been no confirmed cases in Oregon yet.

    This news comes on the heels of New York reporting a record number of measles cases, mainly among ultra-orthodox Jewish communities. The lack of vaccinations were also blamed for the spread.


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    HarvardPhD | January 25, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    You needn’t be so tentative in your support for vaccination. You might not remember when polio was a scourge, but I do. The number of people who were permanently crippled was huge. The disease rightly terrified parents all over the world. It had almost been eradicated, when this scumbag of a lawyer decided to drum up business for class action lawsuits by disseminating some discredited ‘research’ and a few very speculative claims by some highly marginal scientists, and managed to upset people who were already inclined to doubt anything about medicine that was not ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ in its origin. (In the state of nature we lived in before modern medicine, the mortality rate, especially among children was horrifying, and the average life expectancy was 40-something.) Those who have disseminated this ‘alternative’ public health notion have blood on their hands!

      elle in reply to HarvardPhD. | January 25, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      Given your logic, you and everyone else in the United States should be FORCED to take each and every flu shot that comes on the market, since flu kills far more than measles, mumps or rubella.

      All of you clamoring for FORCED vaccinations are setting the stage to be forced to take any and every vaccine that can in anyway be shown to save lives, regardless if you have reason to believe that it is not safe.

        stablesort in reply to elle. | January 25, 2019 at 6:52 pm

        I don’t think it’s all or nothing. For instance, folks travelling from someplace where a particularly nasty disease is common, ought to be required to have proof of inoculation; same for those traveling to such locations lest they bring it back.

        Public schools are another place where vaccinations for severe or highly infectious diseases should be mandatory. The people, hence the government, have a very strong interest in preventing debilitating diseases.

          elle in reply to stablesort. | January 26, 2019 at 5:56 am

          You are making two different points. One is that governments should have the right to insist that people traveling INTO the country should be required to take precautions to prevent disease transmission; something we turn a complete and total blind eye to on our southern border.

          The second is that citizens born HERE, who want to participate in the pubic square, should be forced to take vaccinations if it can be shown that can prevent the spread a communicable illness.

          My point is….be careful what you wish for!! Flu kills millions more than MMR and chicken pox combined.

          Using the same logic as to why children should be forced to take MMR and varicella vaccines, why shouldn’t YOU be FORCED to take every single flu shot that comes on the market, since flu is far more lethal?

          It’s one thing to demand that un-vaccinated children stay home during an outbreak, or to manage a serious outbreak in isolated parts of the country. Quite another for the government to be able to force EVERYONE to take them against their will – for the common good.

          Lots of money in flu shots and up and coming vaccines. If you don’t want to be forced to take any and every vaccine the government’s lobbyists determine are in your interest, I would not make the argument for forced vaccinations.

            nordic_prince in reply to elle. | January 27, 2019 at 5:15 pm

            You are quite right. I believe the hidden agenda is to grant TPTB the authority to mandate forced vaccinations on all, child and adult alike. This is unconscionable for those who love liberty. If you want to get a vaccine, fine – have at it. If vaccines will protect you, then you have nothing to fear from the unvaccinated.

            At least that’s the case if you believe the pharmaceutical marketing materials.

            Another concern that few people realize is the use of aborted fetal tissues in the development of vaccines. This poses an ethical problem for pro-life individuals. Hence the religious exemptions from vaccines.

            Let people make their own decisions.

            I had scarlet fever, chicken pox, and measles as a kid. It really isn’t a big deal for the vast majority of kids. Sure, there are those who suffer complications – but as others have pointed out, complications are more likely to arise when these illnesses are contracted in adulthood rather than childhood.

            The vaccines are neither 100% safe nor 100% effective. Talk about blood on one’s hands – if you’re eager to demonize those who decline to vaccinate their kids due to concerns about vaccine reactions and paint them with the blood of kids who die from complications of a disease, just realize that door swings both ways. By the same logic, those who advocate mandatory vaccines have the blood of vaccine-injured individuals on their hands.

            As for myself, I think it’s less about public safety and more about the $$$ from having vaccine mandates. (Gee, where have we heard about health mandates before…?) Pretty nice gig going when the government forces everyone to use your product.

    It is rare but it happens when an infant has a harmful reaction to the shot. Before the child is vaccinated, the parents are given a paper to read about the possible effects and the availability of a fund for the unfortunate who experience debilitating effects. I used to heavily disagree with not vaccinating, but I now have an open mind. I don’t have a dog in the fight because my kids were vaccinated, except I refused gardisil on behalf of my kids.

    clayusmcret | January 26, 2019 at 10:32 am

    The coming “perfect storm”…….

    Flesh-eating bacteria found on Central America migrant in Border Patrol custody

    And this is just another day on the border. These type diseases coming across the border are becoming a common occurrence.

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