Measles case confirmed in Vancouver; not linked to Washington outbreak

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Vaccines are one of the top 10 public health achievements of the last century for the number of lives they've saved.

OH is one of 17 states that allow parents to opt out of required vaccines for philosophical reasons, and all but three states allow exemption because of religious beliefs, which more parents are taking advantage of.

And Monroe County, in the western part of NY state, has been hit by seven cases of measles this year: four cases confirmed in a lab, and three fitting the clinical profile of the disease. "I spoke to a family physician and from then on I went and made an appointment and a few months later I had about five vaccines I have more coming this month", he said. In fact, vaccines are a victim of their own success; so many diseases have been eliminated or eradicated by vaccines that we no longer see the daily heartache of loved ones dying from what were common illnesses like polio, smallpox, and measles.

Most states allow religious exemptions for school vaccination requirements, and 17 states, including Washington and OR, allow parents to exempt their children for personal, moral OR other beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Other outbreaks in NY past year affected areas that included Orange County, but no new cases have been reported in 2019.

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Across Canada, only a single new case of laboratory-confirmed measles was reported between December 30, 2018, and January 26, 2019, according to Health Canada's most recent measles and rubella monitoring reports.

In Rockland County, a suburb of New York City west of the Hudson, some 130 cases were diagnosed between September 2018 and February 6. The case doesn't seem to be linked to recent outbreaks in the United States.

The WHO report on measles in Europe found that the virus killed 72 children and adults in the European Region in 2018, while 82,596 people in 47 of 53 countries contracted measles, a number which is the highest it has been this decade. The virus can linger in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves the area, and causes fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash.

Measles is so contagious that almost everyone who isn't immunized and comes into contact with the virus will get sick.

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One of the lowest rates in the state belongs to a school in Walworth County.

"There's a degree of feeling like, you know, he doesn't trust what I say as a parent", Wheeler said. Demand for vaccinations has skyrocketed in Clark County, Kaiser Health News reported, with requested orders of the vaccine reaching 3,150 doses in January, up from 530 in the same period previous year. Children born after 1994 in B.C. got two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR), but people born before that time or outside of B.C. may not have recieved both doses. All 50 allow it for medical reasons.

A similar measure failed in 2015 after facing opposition.

"So I went to the public health department in my local town and spoke to some of the people there", he told Fox and Friends, "and they were very kind and they gave me information".

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