Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1M

first_imgOLYMPIA — The cost of Washington’s measles outbreak has surpassed $1 million as more than 200 health-department staffers from the state and Clark County focus their efforts on the disease.As of Saturday, there were 65 confirmed cases of measles in Clark County, 47 of which were in children under 10 years old, according to the county’s Public Health department, which is also investigating one suspected case.DOH has spent approximately $614,000 on staff and supplies as of Tuesday, in addition to about $115,000 in other non-budgeted expenditures, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist, who expects the total response to eventually cost the state “well over a million dollars.”Meanwhile, Clark County Public Health has spent about $500,000 responding to the measles outbreak, bringing the statewide total over $1 million, says Dr. Alan Melnick, the county’s public health director.“This is taxpayer money for something that could have been completely, utterly preventable in the first place,” he told the Seattle Times.last_img read more