Vancouver Coastal Health confirms a second case of measles in the city

Kenny Tucker
February 15, 2019

The Philippines, for example, is in the midst of a measles outbreak that has killed at least 70 children, which authorities are linking to a backlash against vaccines.

Mr. Duque also said that the vaccination activities are targeted to be completed by next month, and "cases will start to decrease by that time as the number of susceptibles will have already been vaccinated come March".

In the United States, brisk measles activity in the first month of 2019 comes on the heels of 82 imported cases confirmed in 2018, the most imported cases reported to the CDC since the disease was eliminated from the United States in 2000.

The government of Washington state declared a public emergency on January 30, following a measles outbreak that infected a total of 53 people (mostly young children) in Clark County. She would not give details about the patient, but said the person is a school-age child.

New efforts are now being launched by researchers in the United States and Europe to understand what they describe as "an incredibly complex" issue - people opting out of available vaccinations for themselves or their children. Some public health officials blame the surge of cases on low vaccination rates for this highly infectious disease.

"When our region or community faces an outbreak of any sort, we communicate with students, faculty and staff with as much information as possible to keep everyone informed of what is happening and what can be done to prevent further contamination", said Tara Sprehe, dean of academic foundations and connections at Clackamas Community College.

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

She said Republicans in general support the rights of the public to make medical decisions, but she would prefer those decisions to be informed with facts from physicians and peer-reviewed science. Health officials are urging residents to get immunized. Four of those states - Colorado, Oregon, Texas, and Washington - allow for philosophical exemptions.

Infections have been reported in some of the poorest and most densely-populated regions of the country including Metro Manila, which is home to 12 million people. The state's immunization program provides mandatory vaccines for free.

The commonwealth recently took steps aimed at boosting vaccination rates in public schools.

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. Just 16 states allow personal exemptions - meaning there does not have to be a medical or religious reason necessary.

Meanwhile in OH, if there is a measles outbreak at a school, students who have an exemption have to stay home for 21 days after the last known case clears up.

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