Measles Cases Continuing to Spread Across US, Health Officials Urging Vaccination

14 March, 2019, 05:28 | Author: Kara Nash
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Panic is setting in over the Canterbury measles outbreak as more cases of the untreatable disease emerge.

Canterbury Primary Response Group coordinator Dr Phil Schroeder told Kate Hawkesby Canterbury has high levels of vaccinated people.

The Fraser Health Authority confirmed a 17th case of measles in Metro Vancouver last week linked to initial exposures in Vancouver. Health officials recommend you call ahead to make sure locations have the vaccinations and staffing available to immunize you.

In fact, it's not really a surprise to see an outbreak of mumps or measles.

"Another huge problem, however, is that a large proportion of people become infectious and spread the virus before they develop signs, so they present a risk to others without them or their caregivers knowing it".


Children and young adults (age range 5 years to 28 years) who are either not immunised or who have only received one MMR dose to date.

In a statement, the Canterbury District of Health said "It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community".

Widespread immunization all but eliminated measles from the United States by the year 2000.

Next week, an additional 18,000 vaccines will be delivered and there will be thousands more shipped in the following week. The disease is said to be very highly contagious and it is spread quite easily when a person infected with the same even sneezes or coughs, thus the risk of spreading is considerably high and people are advised to take the necessary care in order to keep them safe from the spread of the disease. It might also lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain).

"Unimmunized people who come within two meters (6.56 ft) of an infectious person, however briefly, have a 90-percent chance of contracting measles", the Board said. The World Health Organization recently warned that anti-vaccination organizations are one of ten major global health threats this year.

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