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Washington measles outbreak sends vaccine demand soaring, even among the hesitant

Gustavo Carr | 08 February, 2019, 00:56

Statewide in Washington, orders for measles vaccine jumped about 30 percent, climbing from 12,140 doses to 15,780 doses, figures showed. Joan Robinson, a pediatric infectious diseases physician and editor of the Paediatrics & Child Health Journal, said that outbreaks often occur in small communities where children aren't vaccinated.

There were 72 deaths from measles in Europe in 2018 compared with 42 in 2017.

As of Wednesday, the Clark County Public Health Department had confirmed 50 cases of meales since January 1. The outbreak includes 43 cases among those who were not immunized, six cases where immunization has not been verified and one case where the person had received a single dose of vaccine.

In Clark County, the confirmed cases include two infected residents who moved to Georgia, as well as two children who had traveled to Hawaii, where they were quarantined and did not spread measles to others. Measles usually starts with high fever, cough, and runny nose, as well as red, watery eyes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The virus can stay in a room for two hours after someone with the disease has been in there". Orders of measles vaccines in the county reached 3,150 in January. Here's what you need to know.

"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County's health officer, said in a statement.

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The vast majority of Vancouver-area cases were not vaccinated against the virus.

In 34 of the countries, estimated coverage with a second dose of measles vaccine was below 95 per cent.

"I think "patchwork" is a good word to use to describe it", said Vinita Dubey, associate medical officer of health with Toronto Public Health.

Multnomah County officials have reported a steep uptick in vaccinations over this time previous year.

Washington and OR are among 17 states that allow nonmedical exemptions from vaccination requirements for school entry, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. If anyone suspects that they or their child has symptoms of measles, they are urged to call their GP first before visiting. "It has also raised an awareness that measles could easily make a comeback, and the only way to prevent that is to get as many people vaccinated as possible".