Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Measles Outbreak Not Impacting Kansas

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"There's not just the outbreak happening in Vancouver, there's a larger outbreak in Washington state where there have been more than 60 cases and across Europe there have been thousands of cases of measles reported", said Dr. Jia Hu, Alberta Health Services' medical officer of health for the Calgary zone.

The first confirmed outbreak of measles occurred in February and since then, eight other cases have been confirmed by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).

Public health and religious leaders worked closely to communicate the potential severity of measles and the safety and effectiveness of the measles vaccine, which has resulted in thousands of people getting vaccinated, which will hopefully end the outbreak.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit our measles exposure site page. There is no evidence of measles transmission into the wider Vancouver or Fraser Health community.

"I think one of the features of measles that makes it so exquisitely infectious is that it's air-borne", said Wilson, noting that viral particles can remain in the environment for up to two hours after being introduced. For them, we keep saying the messages that we say: that vaccines are safe and effective. This is a vaccine-preventable disease which can cause mortality. Volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps have also lent their time to the ongoing efforts. For every 1,000 people who get measles, one to two die.

"The most recent report in Ontario shows a vaccination rate for seven year olds at 91 per cent, and that's better than B.C.", said Dix.

As the outbreak slowed recently, Ezelle says there are no plans to bring more resources to Washington from other states.

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Washington and OR are among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical vaccine exemption for "personal, moral OR other beliefs", according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Clark County Public Health, 360-397-8021.

As you have heard, there is a measles outbreak at three schools in Vancouver. The other case is unrelated.

"We can not blanket mandate an injection for a child and hold their education hostage for noncompliance", she said.

"What we are doing now is health center-based, which is phase one of the immunization for children from six-month-old to five-year-old; school-based, which is phase two for children above five-year-old; and home or health center-based, which is the third phase for adult", he added. Lindquist, of the state DOH, says he is "cautiously optimistic" that the upsurge is slowing, but it's too early to predict. The largest outbreaks were in NY, tied to the Orthodox community.

"This could easily go on for another month or two", he said.

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