Second measles case of the year reported in B.C.

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 11, 2019

The World Health Organisation says that more children in the European Region are being vaccinated against measles than ever before, but progress has been uneven between and within countries.

A surge in measles cases prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency January 25.

Vancouver Coastal Health has confirmed that a patient in the agency's service area was diagnosed with measles earlier this week. "The resurgence of measles is of serious concern, with extended outbreaks occurring across regions, and particularly in countries that had achieved, or were close to achieving measles elimination", said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General for Programmes at WHO.

NSW Health has also issued an alert about the measles case as the traveller is believed to have been infectious during their flight and when they transited through Sydney Airport.

NSW Health said that outbreaks of measles in popular tourist destinations mean the risk for measles being imported into Australia at the moment is high.

According to data released by the World Health Organisation last Thursday (February 7), the total number of people infected with the measles virus in Europe in 2018 was the highest this decade.

PPS and PIDSP also urged members to collaborate and coordinate with their respective city, municipal or provincial health offices in organizing community-based regular vaccine mission activities to help administer free measles and other vaccines that are available to qualified children, adolescents and even adults.

Hussain said the B.C. case is not linked to the outbreaks in Washington state.

"So it is clear in the law that we need to mobilize the entire government machinery, as well as our partners in the health sector, to inform the public that immunization is provided for free by the government, that it is safe, and that this is needed to protect the lives and health of children all over the country", he said.

OUCH! - A baby is given a measles shot at a health center in Baseco compound in Tondo, Manila, Sunday.

"Measles can be highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised. When the rash appears, a person's fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit (40° Centigrade).After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades".

"People born in 1966 and later who do not have two recorded doses of MMR vaccine are also considered susceptible to measles".

Of the total deaths, the DOH said ages ranged from one month to 31 years old. "DTP3 (Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) and first-dose measles vaccine coverage have plateaued globally at 85 per cent", it added."Progress towards the eradication of wild poliovirus and the elimination of measles, rubella, and maternal and neonatal tetanus is now too slow to be achieved by the end of the decade". In another instance, the patient had only received the first of the two recommended doses of the MMR vaccine, while immunization status has not yet been verified for the remaining five. "This can be obtained from ACT GPs".

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