Should Mainers Be Worried About The Recent Measles Outbreak?

Should Mainers Be Worried About The Recent Measles Outbreak?

"As a pediatrician and parent, I find it frustrating because this is happening among children who are dependent on their parents' decision-making", said Wendy Swanson, a pediatrician and chief of digital innovation at Seattle Children's Hospital.

A measles outbreak in the U.S. Northwest that has sickened at least 35 people has some people wondering - could it affect Arizona?

Now there are ongoing measles outbreaks in the United States in NY and the Pacific Northwest.

"If you haven't been immunized or don't know, we'd like you to wear a mask", said Marcia Sparling, the medical director at Vancouver Clinic. Because measles is a highly contagious disease.

The symptoms include fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, conjunctivitis, tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background inside the inner linking of the cheek, and a skin rash.

"Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children", Inslee said in the declaration. There is also a spread of misinformation regarding this vaccine-preventable illness in children, they add. To find a public health unit anywhere in the province, see the site finder on ImmunizeBC.ca. In 2018, six cases of measles were reported by B.C. residents, two cases acquired during travel to India and Philippines. Measles complications can cause people to be hospitalized, including in intensive care units for newborns, children, and adults. If someone who is not immune to the virus breathes the air or touches an infected surface, they can become infected, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last week, a person infected with measles attended a Portland Trail Blazers home game in OR amid the outbreak. There are certain procedures in place for taking care of patients with measles. According to KATU News in Portland, 31 of the 35 infected people were unvaccinated and the other four are not verified to have received the vaccine.

Thanks to the effectiveness of the measles vaccine, measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. Officials now worry the virus will spread to other large metropolitan areas. The first known patient sought medical care on December 31, but it isn't known if other people may have gotten sick before that and did not seek treatment. The typical recommendations are that children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, the first between 12 to 15 months of age and the second between 4 and 6 years old.

Medical authorities have associated the phenomenon of vaccine refusal with increased risk for those who are not vaccinated as well as those who are.

But the vaccine is less effective in those under a year old and is generally not given to infants.

"The best way to protect yourself against the measles is to get the measles shot".

But in recent years, outbreaks have been cropping up in pockets of the country where the anti-vaccination movement has taken hold, fuelled by disproven claims that vaccines cause autism.

"Unfortunately I have to say that a majority of these cases are from people who chose not to vaccinate and we are seeing the effects of that", said Dr. Fernando Fan, Chief Pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente.

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