Measles Outbreak Spurs Vaccination Surge in Anti-Vaxxer Hotspot

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 11, 2019

VCH spokesperson Shaf Hussain told CTV News the person was diagnosed on Thursday, which is when VCH was informed.

Carrie Stefanson with the health authority says there's no reason to issue a public alert, although health officials do contact places an infected person has been if they are still contagious.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency because of measles outbreaks in that state last month. As of Saturday, 54 cases had been confirmed.

"Once pneumonia sets in and then you get secondary bacterial infections, tuloy-tuloy na, mabilis downhill kasi yung maliit na bata, the health system is so fragile", he added.

Measles is highly infectious and spreads through air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to the Vancouver Coastal Health.

Travellers at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., were warned last week that people who were in the airport's Terminal One for a four-hour period on January 27, may have contracted the disease. If you're susceptible and you haven't been vaccinated, you can be in a room two hours after somebody with measles left and still catch it.

Symptoms of measles include fever, reddening of the eyes, cough and colds, and red rashes, the agency added.

An estimated 700 people, majority opposed to stricter requirements, lined up before dawn in the cold, toting strollers and hand-lettered signs, to sit in the hearing, which was so crowded that staff opened up additional rooms to accommodate the crowd.

Clark County Public Health has been regularly updating its list of locations where people may have been exposed to measles.

Clark County Public Health reported no new confirmed cases of measles Saturday in the Vancouver, Washington, area's ongoing outbreak.

The MMR vaccine protects against three different viruses: measles, mumps and rubella.

The DOH noted that 66 percent of those who were affected by measles had no history of vaccination against the said disease. The bill, The Columbian reports, is a direct response to the current measles outbreak.

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