Measles outbreaks are the fault of anti-vaxxers, says World Health Organization

Measles outbreaks are the fault of anti-vaxxers, says World Health Organization

Measles outbreaks are the fault of anti-vaxxers, says World Health Organization

Health authorities have confirmed a case of measles in Vancouver. At present, 47 states allow religious exemptions and since 2009, the variety of "philosophical-perception" vaccine exemptions offered to state departments has risen in 12 of the 18 states that presently permit this coverage. The outbreak's epicenter is Clark County, Wash., just north of Portland, Ore. Officials also had confirmed one case in King County, Washington, which includes Seattle, and four cases in Multnomah County, Oregon, which includes Portland.

There have been more confirmed cases of the measles in the United States.

"People aren't scared about measles", said Paul Offit, director of the vaccine education center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to the publication.

In 2000, measles was declared eliminated in the United States, thanks to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine that has been part of routine childhood shots for decades.

Outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County have been ongoing since previous year, and have been concentrated among Orthodox Jewish communities. The CDC defines a measles outbreak as three or more cases, and it said the events are linked to travelers who were exposed in other countries such as Israel and Ukraine where large outbreaks are underway.

Measles, a contagious disease, killed an estimated 110,000 people in 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

"We are declaring an outbreak as cases have increased in the past weeks and to strengthen surveillance of new cases and alert mothers and caregivers to be more vigilant", said Francisco Duque, the health secretary.

According to UNICEF, only 55% of the Philippines population is vaccinated against the disease, while the measles outbreak could have been prevented if 95% of the population was immune.

Aspirin can relieve fever and muscle aches, the site says, while rest, fluids and humidifiers can make patients more comfortable.

"Vaccines, from a public health perspective, are safe, effective and they've been studied over and over again and have not shown any links to any adverse events".

At the same time, a children 10 years old or younger did get diagnosed with measles.

Lindenberger says he was vaccinated for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HPV and influenza during his first visit to the county health department and has more vaccinations scheduled for later this month.

Consultants consider that that is one motive why anti-vaccination hot spots like Clark County, Washington have popped up.

"There are some children who can not receive some vaccinations because of medical conditions such as cancer or an immune deficiency and that leaves them vulnerable to these potentially very serious childhood illnesses", Levine said.

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