Measles Cases Soar to Decade High in Europe With 72 Deaths

An informational sign about the measles is posted in the entrance of the Kaiser Permanente Cascade P

"While data indicate exceptionally high immunisation coverage at regional level, they also reflect a record number affected and killed by the disease". The U.S. Centers for Disease Control states that two doses of the MMR vaccine provides a 97 percent immunity rate.

"State and local health officials now need to work with their state legislatures to close the loopholes that allow non-medical exemptions for reasons of personal belief, as was done previously in California", said the study's lead author, Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, in a previous interview with Contagion.

In Clark County, Washington - where about 50 people have been infected since the outbreak started - more than 6 times as many people were vaccinated for measles from January 13 to February 2 compared to the same period a year ago, according to a spokesperson for Washington State Department of Health.

A year ago 82,600 people in 47 European countries contracted measles.

World Health Organization said "uneven progress between and within countries" was to blame.

The percentage of children receiving the first dose of the vaccine also increased, to 95%.

Unvaccinated people who may have been exposed to the virus are urged to get vaccinated, Graham said.

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The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for children because it protects against three potentially serious viral illnesses. And the News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune's own reporting on publicly available vaccination data found that Swallowtail School and Farm, with campuses in Hillsboro and Cornelius, had the highest percentage of students who were not immunized at more than 20 percent. Between January 13 and February 2, 2,739 children and 1,754 adults were vaccinated compared to 630 children and 60 adults over the same period past year.

"A lot of the carriers are young adults and children who are travelling and then bring it back home".

But it's a snapshot of the scare an outbreak can cause, said Dr. Alan Melnick, the Clark County health officer overseeing the response.

On Friday, the governor of Washington state declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak that sickened dozens of people in a county with one of the state's lowest vaccination rates.

"We are feeling this in every country even if at a national level we have good health policies in place".

From Washington State Department of Health. The Philippines is also battling a major outbreak, with more than 1,800 cases and 26 deaths.

Vaccination rates for measles, mumps and rubella in Ukraine fell sharply over a number of years during its conflict with Russian Federation, reaching 31% in 2016 - among the lowest in the world.

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