World Health Organization promoting vaccines amid global surge in measles

World Health Organization promoting vaccines amid global surge in measles

Possible exposure to the infection may have also occurred at a Toys R Us location in Richmond, Vancouver International Airport, and several other locations.

Watch: Patient zero in B.C. measles outbreak not vaccinated.

The recent surge of cases is attributable to unvaccinated persons who travel overseas, contracting the disease elsewhere then bringing it back to vulnerable communities in the U.S.

A Texas state lawmaker instructed that he's not fearful concerning the current outbreak of measles throughout the nation as a result of antibiotics can deal with the virus.

Cases of a highly contagious disease, once thought to be eradicated, are on the rise in the United States. "The sad thing is, this is a completely solvable problem, because we have a safe and very effective vaccine".


However, once a person is infected, there is no specific treatment for measles, meaning vaccination is literally a life-saving tool.

According to analysis from the World Health Organization, which UNICEF drew on for its study, these are the increases in cases, between 2017 and 2018, in the ten countries with the highest jump in measles. The vast majority of cases are children under 18 years of age (108 cases), and 13 cases are adults.

The U.S. has counted more measles cases in the first two months of this year than in all of 2017 - and part of the rising threat is misinformation that makes some parents balk at a crucial vaccine, federal health officials told Congress yesterday [Macau time]. "No person should be allowed to force someone to violate their conscience when they're making a decision about the use of a pharmacological product that carries a risk of harm".

Currently, there are 139 confirmed cases of measles within the county.

"All of the Rockland cases have affected Orthodox Jews in Spring Valley, Monsey and New Square, although health officials caution that due to the small geographic nature of the county, anyone who is not immunized is susceptible", The Journal News reported.


However, it looks like the country will surpass that number this year as it has already reported 24,042 measles cases, the report said citing government data. Measles is preventable with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Serious side effects, including allergic reactions and febrile seizures, are rare.

Nandy said these findings are "absolutely" a cause for worry. Most of the cases are among children who were not vaccinated. Only if 95 percent of the population are vaccinated, their immunity also to people who can't be vaccinated for health reasons.

"Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles", said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist.

UNICEF says in order to fight measles it is issuing an urgent appeal to governments, health care providers, and parents to take action to contain the disease.

Washington and OR are among 10 states to confirm cases of measles in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The area is known for lower than average vaccination rates in children. The California State Legislature made its move within a year after the state experienced a significant measles outbreak that began in Disneyland.

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