Local agencies keep close eye on measles outbreak

Local agencies keep close eye on measles outbreak

43 cases of measles have been confirmed in western Washington, 42 in Clark County and one in King County.

One case of measles has been confirmed in Multnomah County, Oregon that is connected to this outbreak.

Spokane is not currently affected but local agencies and school districts are preparing for the event that a case reaches this city.

The Spokane Regional health District said most Spokane parents should be receiving a letter about the outbreak and about how to keep their kids safe from the virus.

SRHD epidemiologist Mark Springer says with measles, unlike the mumps outbreak that affected Spokane schools in 2017, vaccination plays a role in who catches the disease. Mumps is less contagious than measles and Springer says the vaccine is less effective.

Spokane Public Schools says 2,550 students could be excluded from school if a measles outbreak were to reach Spokane. Those are students that sought exemption from vaccinations for medical, religious or personal reasons or students whose records are out of compliance.

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