Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Measles cases flood Manila hospital; 7 recent deaths reported

Measles cases flood Manila hospital; 7 recent deaths reported

According to the Centers for Disease Control, before the vaccine was licensed in the early 1960s, the USA would see an average around 500,000 cases of measles every year.

So far this year, Washington state is averaging more than one new measles case a day as officials try to help stop the disease's spread.

CT reported three measles cases in 2018. And the measles virus is one of the most infectious diseases out there.

The only details about the three infected individuals that have been released is that two are young boys under the age of 2 and the third is a woman between the ages of 25 and 35 years old. There is state assistance available, and health officials said they don't want payment to be a deterrent to keeping the community healthy. "However, it is easily preventable".

A measles outbreak in the Portland, Ore., area has revived a bitter debate over "philosophical" exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Northwest scramble to limit the fallout.

As with a similar outbreak among Orthodox Jews in NY state, almost all of the infected were unvaccinated.

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If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online at MyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health. Public health officer Dr. Alan Melnick said that it is fine for most people children who are not yet scheduled for the second dose, which is usually administered around the age of 5.

Measles can be spread through direct contact and as an airborne virus.

On Jan. 22, Clark County health officials declared a public health emergency. One victim had had one MMR vaccine, but not a follow-up shot.

People may have been exposed to the risky disease at more than three dozen locations, many in neighboring OR, such as Portland International Airport and the Moda Center, home to the Portland Trail Blazers. Disrupted health services, including routine vaccinations, along with overcrowding in residential camps increases the risk of infection. They said they'd also identified seven suspected cases of the disease. Then, families travel to other countries where the virus is more common, and since they are unprotected, they bring the virus back to the U.S. This is when outbreaks occur.

"San Lazaro still accepts measles cases.we can not turn down every Filipino who asks help from us", she said. Around the globe, measles infections were responsible for 110,000 deaths in 2017, the most recent statistical year. They include a high fever, cough and the signature bluish-white rash on the inner lining of the cheek called Koplik spots.

Dr. Shamard Charles is a physician-journalist for NBC News and Today, reporting on health policy, public health initiatives, diversity in medicine, and new developments in health care research and medical treatments.

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