Vancouver Coastal Health confirms city’s second measles case this month

14 February, 2019, 21:55 | Author: Denise Dawson
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Hayden said there is no clear link between the two cases.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has confirmed a second case of measles in Vancouver this month.

She did not provide specifics, but said that the patient is school-aged.

The World Health Organization's data show that Ukraine logged 53,000 confirmed measles cases past year, accounting for more than half of all cases in Europe.

Measles, a very contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of infected individuals, has seen a 30 percent increase in cases globally since 2016. The governments of NY and Washington have already begun to crack down and slow the spread of the disease, with proposed measures to narrow the number of immunization exemptions for school children and requiring certain vaccinations for children in daycare. "Strong public health policies can ensure that those at risk from close contact to known measles cases do not expose others".

"We actually don't know enough about the influence of misinformation available online upon vaccination intentions and behaviors", Habersaat says. But doctors and nurses say the recent outbreak is spurring people to get vaccinated.

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The Health Ministry said two deaths from the extremely contagious viral disease have been recorded since Saturday.

The CDC also reports that measles can cause serious health complications, especially in children age 5 and younger, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.

The number of measles infections in New York's Rockland County has hit 135; five new cases have been registered this week alone, The Daily Beast reports. Many of these cases have been concentrated in the northwest, with the governor of Washington declaring an emergency after an outbreak of 26 cases.

Last April, a World Health Organization expert committee advised against use of the vaccine without tests to confirm prior dengue infection. Of the 70 who have died from measles since the start of 2019, 79 percent were not vaccinated, according to Rappler citing Department of Health figures. The CDC defines a measles outbreak as three or more cases, and it said the events are linked to travelers who were exposed in other countries such as Israel and Ukraine where large outbreaks are underway. This offers protection for people who are unable to get vaccines for health reasons, like HIV or cancer.

The Philippines was one of the first countries to begin a national dengue immunization program after Dengvaxia was approved for use, and country officials have probed the deaths of several school children to determine if their severe dengue infections were the result of vaccine use. Hundreds of protesters in Washington state descended upon the capitol on the day to protest the bill that would take away the right of parents to not vaccinate their children on personal or philosophical grounds to voice their opposition.

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