Measles outbreak in Philippines kills 70

Pearl Mccarthy
February 13, 2019

Elsewhere, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it is still deeply concerned about a measles outbreak in Madagascar, and though the full situation is still being assessed, the event has worsened since the first of the year.

Only three states prohibit all non-medical exemptions. There are 53 confirmed measles cases in Clark County, and two suspected cases, according to a Clark County Public Health press release. Officials also had confirmed one case in King County, Washington, which includes Seattle, and four cases in Multnomah County, Oregon, which includes Portland.

The controversy began in November 2017, when Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur announced that the vaccine may not be effective in some cases and could lead to severe dengue infections among people who have not previously had the disease. More than 50 people have contracted the disease during the current outbreak.

Health workers administer house-to-house measles vaccination to children in Payatas, Quezon City on February 7, 2019, amid measles outbreak in parts of the Philippines.

Diphtheria, a bacterial disease prevented by a shot that usually combines vaccines for tetanus and whooping cough, is fatal in 5 per cent to 10 per cent of cases, according to the WHO.

Outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County have been ongoing since a year ago, and have been concentrated among Orthodox Jewish communities.

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Duque said that Calabarzon, which stands for the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon in Southern Luzon and considered one of the country's fast-growing and richest regions accounted for the largest number of deaths with 25 from a total of 1,086 cases.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 101 cases of measles. The Washington State Health Department says about 530 people were immunized against measles in January 2018.

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

"I plan to get Hepatitis A and B, MMR, the flu, HPV, TDaP [tetanus, diptheria and pertussis], and many other immunizations that I was "exempt" from", she wrote in an email, adding that the re-emergence of measles has made her "seriously anxious". SSPE generally develops seven to 10 years after a person has measles, even though the person seems to have fully recovered from the illness.

Experts believe that this is one reason why anti-vaccination hot spots like Clark County, Washington have popped up.

An estimated 90 per cent of those who come into close proximity with an infected person will catch it unless they are vaccinated or have natural immunity, the CDC estimates. "Subsequently, measles outbreaks have also increased".

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