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The Northwest US records 40 confirmed measles cases


VANCOUVER, Washington, USA (AP) – Health authorities have confirmed 40 cases of measles in Northwestern America.

Out of that number, 38 are in the southwestern state of Washington, one in Seattle and one outside Portland, Oregon, officials said on Wednesday.

Two patients in southwestern Washington visited Hawaii where they were quarantined, and a third person was infected during a trip to Bend, Oregon.

Authorities believe no one has been exposed to measles in Hawaii.

Clark County Public Health has released 13 more suspected cases.

Most confirmed cases are appropriate for children younger than 10 years.

Of all the infected, only a small number was not vaccinated against the disease.

Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, declared a state of emergency for the outbreak of the disease last week.

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