More than a dozen more cases are suspected, and people who were exposed to the disease traveled to Hawaii and Bend, Oregon.
The declaration came on January 25 when the number of confirmed cases reached 26.
Thirty-one of the Clark County cases are between the ages of 1 and 10; 10 are between 11 and 18; and one case is between 19 and 29.
Before America offered a measles vaccination program, starting in 1963, the CDC shares that an estimated 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the United States. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person, and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. "The rate of measles in the US recently jumped from an average of 60 cases a year to 205 cases annually", the Mayo Clinic says. Public Health has not identified any new locations where people may have been exposed to measles.
Dr. Messonnier contends that there are no other alternatives to vaccination and that best way to stop this outbreak in its tracks is to make sure that everybody gets vaccinated.
The vaccine has been part of routine childhood shots for decades, and measles was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000. Vaccination is a fool-proof method to curb the spread of measles. In fact, according to the CDC, just one dose of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective against measles. Don't go to school, work, to the store or to other people's homes.
Jocelyn Smith is terrified her youngest son, who is 11 months, will get measles.
At least 44 people in Washington and OR have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus, which was eradicated in the U.S.in 2000 as a result of immunization but arrives periodically with overseas travelers.
Health officials traced the outbreak in Washington to an unvaccinated worldwide traveler and they said they're seeing about five new cases each day.
For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.
Those who may have been exposed should watch for early symptoms of high fever, malaise and red eyes, followed by a rash that starts on the head and moves down the body.