Health Officials Scramble To Contain Measles Outbreak

Public health officials are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak in the U.S. Northwest and are warning people to vaccinate their children.

Posted: Jan 29, 2019 3:46 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Public health officials are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak in the U.S. Northwest and are warning people to vaccinate their children.

Officials worried Monday that it could take months to contain the highly contagious viral illness due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the epicenter of the crisis.

The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington since Jan. 1, with 11 more cases suspected. Most of the patients are children under 10.

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