Oregon governor urges vaccines as measles cases grow to 55

Oregon governor urges vaccines as measles cases grow to 55

The number of people contracting measles in 2018 across Europe was the highest number for a decade, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The total number of people infected with the virus in 2018 was the highest this decade: 3 times the total reported in 2017 and 15 times the record low number of people affected in 2016.

Meanwhile, Ukraine had the highest rate of measles cases in Europe, at 1,209 per one million population - 10 times the country's rate in 2017.

As the count of people with measles climbs toward 50, Clark County Public Health announced a short reprieve.

That helps explain why public health officials get so concerned when outbreaks occur, which they have been with increasing frequency in recent years.

Part of the challenge facing public health officials is that Canada doesn't have a national vaccination registry and provinces track vaccine rates differently, meaning it can be hard to get an accurate, real-time sense of how many people are up-to-date on their shots - and where pockets of low immunization are.

In NSW there have been 11 cases of Measles since Christmas.

The measles vaccine, which is cheap and 97% effective at preventing the disease, has never been shown to be linked to any autism or any of a number of other conditions or disorders that the "anti-vaxxer" community has attempted to pin on it. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks.

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But he's hearing from doctors and pediatricians that people are coming in to be vaccinated - including children whose parents, up to now, have been hesitant.

More than 82,000 people in the European region - an area stretching from Russian Federation to Iceland and south to Malta - caught measles in 2018, the most infections in the past decade, the agency said in an emailed statement.

Some 95% of children received the first dose of the vaccine.

Of those, 72 cases killed the infected.

Orders for two types of measles vaccines in Clark County were up almost 500 percent in January compared to the same month a year ago, jumping from 530 doses to 3,150, according to state health department figures.

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe, said: "The picture for 2018 makes it clear that the current pace of progress in raising immunisation rates will be insufficient to stop measles circulation".

The agency said it will continue working to improve vaccination rates. Last year, 372 measles cases were confirmed nationwide, the most since an outbreak in 2014 sickened 667 people.

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