Published: Fri, February 22, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Washington State Measles Outbreak Hits 62 Cases

Washington State Measles Outbreak Hits 62 Cases

Symptoms of measles include fever, reddening of the eyes, cough and colds, and red rashes, the agency added. If enough people get sick, it can lead to an outbreak.

Measles is highly contagious and spreads through breathing, coughing and sneezing.

"Like many countries in the region of the Americas, however, due to increasing numbers of refusals of vaccines and declining national coverage in vaccines, including the MMR vaccine, the risk of transmission of this preventable illness is increasing", the ministry statement continued.

"Utilizing the school system to get our immunization rate up is something we should consider", Fleming said. People are contagious for about five days before symptoms develop and then it presents like a flu before it develops into a rash. I am most excited about development of vaccines to prevent infectious diseases for which there are now high levels of antibiotic resistance, such as MRSA [Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus] and vaccines preventing disease in young infants by vaccinating pregnant women. The person had received only one of the two recommended doses of measles vaccine as a child and worked at a high school in Drummondville. The World Health Organization says there were 110,000 deaths from measles globally in 2017, a lot of them children under age five.

The U.S.is also experiencing travel-related outbreaks, with 127 cases of measles confirmed in 10 states between January 1 and February 14, with Washington and NY states particularly hard hit by the disease, says a report by the Centers for Disease Control.

While the majority of children in Donegal still receive the MMR vaccine, the numbers have been dropping slightly over the past few years.

Dr. Althea Hayden, Medical Health Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health, has been working hard on containing the outbreak and said the last day any children were exposed to the virus was on Valentine's Day.

In wake of this data and recent events, a petition entitled Mandatory Vaccines in BC (with medical exemptions) was posted on change.org.

Bisset agreed, saying her friends are all vaccinated and are pro-immunization.

Island Health said no cases of measles have been reported on Vancouver Island.

What do I do if I think I have measles?

Two people had one dose of the vaccine, which is 93 percent effective.

"If someone is questioning whether to get vaccinated or not.it's a really good idea now to go in and talk to your health provider if you have questions and get them answered and get yourself vaccinated", Tam said.

Caroline Quach, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Ste-Justine Hospital, said Quebec could do even more to make sure adults and children have every opportunity to be vaccinated.

A young child was diagnosed Thursday, bringing the Vancouver-area to 64 cases.

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