Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a measles emergency, casting blame on unvaccinated children. State officials claim that they have 23 confirmed measles cases on file as of January 22nd. The area of concern is just north of Portland.
Officials also claim that cases have “doubled” since the week prior.
According to state records, almost eight percent of children were exempt from standard vaccines during the 2017-18 school year. Most were medical exemptions, but there were about 7% holding personal or religious exemptions. This puts the area below the “94% safe zone” for vaccinated kids; hence, the public health emergency declaration.
Health officials have compiled a list of unsafe places where people may have been exposed. They include churches, Dollar Tree stores, portions of the Portland airport, where the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers play.