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The Governor of Washington state, Jay Inslee, has declared a State of Emergency due to the current outbreak of the measles virus. measles is a highly contagious disease that can be fatal when contracted by a small child. The virus travels via air, so physical contact is not necessary for the disease to be transmitted. If someone with the virus were to enter a room the virus would linger in the air for over two hours before it would be safe for another person to enter the room.   

   Before the measles vaccine was introduced to the public it was thought that over 4 million people had the disease in the United States alone. In 2000 Measles was thought to be eliminated entirely from the United States, but in recent years Measles has made a comeback as many parents have started to not vaccinate their children in favor of a more natural option. In 2014 over 667 cases of measles had been reported in the Amish community as well as reports of cases contracted at  Disneyland in California.

    The number of reported cases of measles went back down in 2015, but in 2018 it seems as if the numbers were back on the rise. 2019 seems to be kicking it off by showing the recent trend of measles isn’t just an anomaly as over 35 cases have been reported in Washington state. Washington and Oregon are some of the many states that allow parents to not vaccinate their children and it seems that the two states are paying for that. Of the 35 reported cases 31 of them have admitted to not vaccinating their children and themselves which many experts blame for the reemergence of the disease.  A reason for many parents not vaccinating their children is that they believe that vaccines has a direct correlation to causing Autism in children. That claim has been refuted many times by CDC (Center of Disease Control). Washington state epidemiologist, Scott Lindquist, claims that this could be only the beginning of the epidemic as many of parents of the children might have gone to public places such as Costco, the Portland International Airport, and the Portland Trailblazers basketball arena.

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