Measles Outbreak Sends Vaccine Demand Soaring, Even Among The Hesitant

08 February, 2019, 09:25 | Author: Joshua Bennett
  • One case of measles confirmed in Bell County

Measles cases in the Philippine capital region also surged 10 times at the start of the year, as the government failed to hit its immunization target in 2018.

Measles infections in Europe hit a decade high in 2018, despite more children than ever before receiving vaccinations.

"State and local health officials now need to work with their state legislatures to close the loopholes that allow non-medical exemptions for reasons of personal belief, as was done previously in California", said the study's lead author, Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, in a previous interview with Contagion.

The Washington State Health Department hasn't identified "patient zero" in the Clark County measles outbreak that has tallied 50 confirmed cases in Clark County and 55 total cases in Washington and OR since January 1.

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According to WAC 246-105-030, measles is one of many diseases for which a child is required to be vaccinated against or show proof of immunity, before attending any school (public or private) or child care center.

The data released on Thursday shows that 82,596 people contracted the measles in 47 of 53 countries in the WHO-classified European Region between January and December previous year.


"Progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018", it said in a statement. It is also easily preventable through vaccination.

Some 95% of children received the first dose of the vaccine.

The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for children because it protects against three potentially serious viral illnesses. "There are some more isolated, unvaccinated communities, for example the Amish, where we haven't seen a major outbreak".

The New York City measles outbreak continues to persist, with 67 confirmed cases of measles occurring between October and February 6, 2019. "All of our cases match this strain", the Washington State Department of Health said in an email.

Fifty of the confirmed cases are in southwest Washington, one is in the Seattle area and four are in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.

"Progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018", World Health Organization said in a statement. However, it can not make us blind to the people and places that are still being missed. In Washington state, permissive vaccination rules are being blamed for the outbreak.

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