Friday, 22 February, 2019


Measles case count up to 51 confirmed, 13 suspected

A measles outbreak near Portland Ore. has revived a bitter debate over so-called “philosophical” exemptions to childhood vaccinations. MMR protects against measles mumps and rubella One case of measles confirmed in Bell County
Patty Aguilar | 08 February, 2019, 06:22

"We're hopeful and any time we see that there are no new exposure locations that's helpful", said Marissa Armstrong, spokeswoman for the Clark County Public Health.

But when children who are unvaccinated shop in the same stores and go to the same events as everyone else, that's when they can get exposed.

The most serious complications from severe measles include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), diarrhoea and dehydration, and severe respiratory infections, according to WHO. The vaccine strain of measles has never been transmitted person to person.

Although there have been no cases reported at the University of Portland, Kaylin Soldat, family nurse practitioner at the Health and Counseling Center, wants students and parents to know how crucial vaccinations are.

In nearly every instance, the infected person had not received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

"I mean, this is a lousy way to get vaccination rates up".

The first cities listed as vulnerable?

Graham did say the State Health Department has confirmed that every Washington case of measles since the first confirmed case has matched the same wild strain of measles the first case had.

Canada could experience the same type of measles outbreaks that Washington and NY states are now facing because of low vaccination rates and the highly contagious nature of the virus, public health experts warn.

A measles outbreak in parts of Washington and OR have prompted a discussion about vaccines.

Melnick added that while 78% of schoolchildren in Clark County are vaccinated, some schools have much lower rates. "In my experience, the number one reason folks don't vaccinate their children is misunderstanding".

According to Clark County's outbreak investigation statement, all of the confirmed cases are a match of a wild strain of virus that has been circulating through Eastern Europe and is preventable through vaccination.

The wave of infections came despite record vaccinations across Europe in 2017.

In many countries, anti-vaccine campaigners seek to dissuade parents from getting their children immunized, despite strong scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective.

In their letter, the PPS and PIDSP have also given a recommendation for individuals older than 12 months without a history of measles disease, not pregnant, with no immunocompromising conditions or allergic reaction to a previous dose of measles-containing vaccine.

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