United States measles outbreak grows

United States measles outbreak grows

A new case of measles has been confirmed in British Columbia - the province's second case of the virus this year.

The law requires the government to provide free immunization to infants and children up to 5 years of age for vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, tuberculosis diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; poliomyelitis; mumps; Hepatitis-B; and H. Influenza type B (HIB).

"Europe is experiencing a large number of cases; there's an outbreak in Washington; Texas has had a number of cases now; NY is having an outbreak", she said. They are among 4,302 measles cases reported in January nationwide, an increase of 122 percent compared with the same period in 2018.

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

In 2000, the measles virus was declared eliminated in the United States because of the measles vaccine, a strong vaccination program that achieves high vaccine coverage in children and a strong public health system for detecting and responding to measles cases and outbreaks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are 54 known cases of measles in the state - 53 in Clark County and one in King County as of February 11. Two of those cases have moved to Georgia.

The number of measles cases in the US has reached the triple digits in a little over a month.

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"The Dengvaxia scare, all this drama that they were doing, have really caused damage to the integrity and the effectiveness of the Department of Health", Duque told reporters, referring to the Public Attorney's Office.

In the week ending Feb 3 alone, 4,079 cases were reported, and the week before, 6,971 cases were reported.

The Washington State Department of Health keeps track of residents' immunization status so people can see if they need shots.

Almost all of the measles cases have been diagnosed in patients who were never vaccinated against the virus.

Dr. Shamard Charles is a physician-journalist for NBC News and Today, reporting on health policy, public health initiatives, diversity in medicine, and new developments in health care research and medical treatments.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have been exposed to measles, it's important to look for the most common symptoms. Almost all the circumstances occurred in kids younger than 10 whose parents had chosen not to vaccinate them.

"Our country's immunisation programme is now in a quandary and our children's health is under threat because of the vaccine scare triggered by Acosta's grandstanding to be in Duterte's good graces", said Senator Leila De Lima, who has been jailed on drug charges following her probe into killings in Duterte's war on drugs.

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