Measles is a highly contagious disease that, on average, kills 10,000 people a year—mostly under the age of five. And while vaccines came close to eradicating the disease, outbreaks live on thanks to dangerous misinformation spread by anti-vaxxers (who were recently declared a global threat by the World Health Organization). As of today there are
21 22 confirmed (and fourthree suspected) cases of measles in Clark County, Washington, just north of Portland—and because of its highly communicable nature (spreading four days before and after a rash is present), this particular outbreak shows no signs of stopping. Dozens of places in the Vancouver/Portland area have been exposed to the virus, including the Portland International Airport, Ikea, and Costco. For more information on the local outbreak, check out the Clark County Public Health site.
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