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Washington declares emergency for measles outbreak

by VTV429 January 2019 Last updated at 12:22 PM

VTV.vn - As of Sunday, there were 35 confirmed cases of measles in the state of Washington - an outbreak that has already prompted the state governor Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency.

Officials said that 30 of the cases involved people who have not had a measles immunization. Almost of the cases are children. Measles cases surged globally in 2017 due to gaps in vaccine coverage. But there has been a recent rise in unvaccinated children.

The proportion of children receiving no vaccine doses by 2 years old rose from 0.9% among those born in 2011 to 1.3% among those born in 2015, the CDC reported in October.

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