Vancouver measles outbreak sending unvaccinated youth to doctors for shots

Vancouver measles outbreak sending unvaccinated youth to doctors for shots

Ronald Pratt
February 22, 2019

The illness is characterized by the onset of fever (as high as 105°F) and malaise, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis, followed by a distinctive rash referred to as a "maculopapular rash". If enough people get sick, it can lead to an outbreak. Its complications include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, and even death, according to the DOH.

Health Minister Adrian Dix is promising action soon because of the nine cases of measles in Vancouver that started when an unvaccinated child contracted the disease on a family trip to Vietnam.

Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

"We anxious 10-12 years ago because there was a lot of debate around the MMR vaccine", he told CBC News.

"At this time there are no lab-confirmed cases of Measles on Vancouver Island", said the organization on Facebook. A person is contagious for about four days before the rash erupts and four days after its onset.

"The measles vaccine isn't ideal, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Melnick said in a separate statement on Wednesday.

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Canada's Public Health Agency issued a statement this week reminding Canadians to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, especially if they are travelling outside the country.

Unvaccinated children aged 5 and below are at highest risk of the disease, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo earlier said.

The cost of Washington's measles outbreak has surpassed $1 million as more than 200 health-department staffers from the state and Clark County focus their efforts on the disease. In 2015, an outbreak in the Lanaudière region affected 163 people. A comprehensively discredited study by a doctor who was struck off the medical register for serious professional misconduct over how he carried out the study, is the likely source of the thoroughly debunked myth that vaccines cause autism. "And that I think is another reason why it can spread before you know it". Melnick says restaurants are still safe for eating because those inspections will still get done, but they could be carried out slower. Measles remains a common affliction in many areas of the world, including in parts of Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

"The change in immunization schedule may have resulted in fewer opportunities to provide the second dose of MMR containing vaccine prior to the seventh birthday, explaining the drop in measles and mumps coverage in 2018", says the report.

"If someone is questioning whether to get vaccinated or not.it's a really good idea now to go in and talk to your health provider if you have questions and get them answered and get yourself vaccinated", Tam said.

The latest figure is 2,000 cases higher than the DOH's last measles surveillance on February 18.