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Number of measles cases in Washington rises to 60

SPOKANE, Wash. - Health agencies across the state are keeping a close eye on the measles outbreak in Washington. 

60 cases have now been reported in the state, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Clark County has 59 confirmed cases and King County has one confirmed case. According to past reports, most of the cases are unvaccinated children. 

Health officials are urging immunization and reminding people to take precautions to help stop the spread of measles. Doctors say the best protection is the MMR vaccine. 

State leaders are considering a bill that would end the "personal or philosophical" exemption that WA state parents use to opt their school-age kids out of the MMR vaccine. 

According to the Washington State Department of Health, 4.9 percent of K-12 students in Washington were exempted from getting vaccinations, that's approximately 55,000 students. Specifically, 33,000 students are unvaccinated against measles.

Of those exemptions, almost 42,000 were because of personal reasons, and not medical or religious.


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