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Washington measles outbreak is causing concern among Idaho health officials

Posted at 4:33 PM, Jan 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-27 19:58:12-05

A public health emergency in Washington State is catching the attention of Idaho Health Officials after dozens of confirmed measles cases.

The disease was considered eradicated in the United States, but has been spiking in the Pacific northwest. The outbreak has also made officials in the Portland area declare an emergency.

"We have not had a case here but we're closely watching the outbreak in Washington and possibly Oregon, to kind of see whats happening there, we kind of expect there will be more cases," said Sarah Correll, an Epidemologist in Idaho.

Most of the people who have contracted the disease were not vaccinated.

Experts say the outbreak highlights the importance of childhood immunizations. The CDC says the measles vaccine is 97% effective if the first dose is given at one year old and the second at five years old.