Case of measles confirmed in Vancouver

  • Case of measles confirmed in Vancouver

Case of measles confirmed in Vancouver

Statewide, the number of measles vaccinations increased by about 30 percent, from 12,140 doses last January to 15,780 this January, Kaiser Health News reported.

He said the patient is receiving treatment, but could not say where. As of Saturday, 54 cases had been confirmed.

Nicole Wilson, 32, told the paper she and her boyfriend were "already thinking" about moving out of Washington to avoid vaccinating her unborn child, saying of health officials: "I'll tell you something".

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

Joined by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. -a longtime promoter of the debunked conspiracy theory linking autism to a mercury-based preservative, thimerosal, pulled from most vaccines starting in 1999 - the anti-vaccination crowd parroted claims of a government coverup, insisted their children had been harmed or sickened by vaccines, and in one case "falsely said the majority of people diagnosed with measles have been vaccinated", the Post wrote.

Infection does not require close contact and measles can survive in close areas, such as a bathroom, for up to two hours after an infected person has left.

Clark County Public Health has been regularly updating its list of locations where people may have been exposed to measles. Its complications include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, and even death, according to the Department of Health. It causes fever, red eyes, cough, runny nose and a rash.

Public health officials in Vancouver have said the latest case of measles there is not connected to the outbreak in Washington state, where 53 cases of the virus have been reported in Clark County since the start of the year, with one more in King County and four others in neighbouring Oregon.

The DOH noted that 66 percent of those who were affected by measles had no history of vaccination against the said disease.

House Bill 1638, would look to eliminate those personal and philosophical exemptions as related to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - more commonly known as the MMR vaccine - but would allow for religious and medical exemptions. However, those born before 1970 are likely immune. The bill, The Columbian reports, is a direct response to the current measles outbreak.