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Measles Cases Nearly Doubled in 2018

Measles Cases Nearly Doubled in 2018”

Katrina Kertsinger, a World Health Organization medical officer in the Expanded Program on Immunization, says there have been measles outbreaks of varying magnitude in all countries in this region.

January 23 from 4:45 p.m.to 11:10 p.m.

Vancouver Coastal Health warns that anyone born after 1970 and before 1994, or grew up outside of B.C., may have received only one dose of the vaccine. There have been serious outbreaks in OH, as recently as 2014, when there were 383 cases in nine counties, said Chris Kettunen, Director of Nursing for the Ashtabula County Health Department.

These symptoms are followed a few days later by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the chest.

Measles is a highly contagious disease, which can cause severe diarrhoea, pneumonia and vision loss and can be fatal in some cases, and remains "an important cause of death among young children", according to WHO.

All of them use the same school-bus company. In a letter sent to parents on Thursday, VCH said students and staff at that school may have been exposed on January 25.

At least three of the cases reported this week have been linked to three local French-language schools - elementary schools École Anna-Hébert and École Rose-Des-Vents, and high school École Jules-Verne. Please also call Vancouver Coastal Health's Public Health Team at 604-675-3900 for advice and to report any illness.

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"My message today is clear".

The provincial health sector was taking many measures to prevent the disease from spreading further by vaccinating children between 1-5 years old and those who were not vaccinated, providing health check-ups for early diagnosis and raising public awareness of preventive measures against measles, he said.

Clark County Public Health now maintains a daily call center for questions about the outbreak at 360-397-8021.

The province's top doctor said she's not in favour of mandatory vaccines, but there is one change she would like to see. Outbreaks have also been reported in Madagascar and the Philippines.

"That's an opportunity for us to connect with them, with children whose immunizations are not up to date, to inform parents and to work with them". "We're seeing this in all regions", Katherine O'Brien, WHO's director of immunisation, vaccines and biologicals, told reporters in Geneva.

Boily said most students are immunized, but because of how easily the virus can spread, there were concerns it may spread. "But what they need to do is contact their pediatrician or their primary care physician to get this accomplished".

The health authority is warning anyone who visited the emergency room during certain hours over several days could have been exposed to the virus.



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