Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1 million; expected to climb higher

"We're talking about 162 people that have been pulled from the agency away from their regular jobs to actually support this outbreak investigation".

Complications of measles can include: ear infections (1 in 10 cases); diarrhea (8 in 100 cases); pneumonia (1 in 10 cases); hospital stay (1 to 2 in 10 cases) and encephalitis (1 in every 1,000 cases) that can lead to seizures, deafness or permanent brain damage.

Vancouver Coastal Health says it has dealt with nine confirmed cases of measles in 2019, eight of them linked to a trio of Francophone schools in Vancouver. The MMR vaccine has been used for many years and is very safe.

While there has been attention in the media recently related to outbreaks of measles in multiple states, authorities say there are no current outbreaks of measles in Kansas.

Another complicating feature of measles is that it can be contagious for four days before the rash arises, said Tam.

The Guardian: Measles: WHO says cases have jumped 50%.

"But when they bring it back to pockets of underimmunized groups, then we're going to see the potential for more people to be infected in Canada itself". The World Health Organization says there were 110,000 deaths from measles globally in 2017, a lot of them children under age five.

The Seattle Times reports the cost of Washington's measles outbreak has topped $1 million statewide, with money dedicated to supplies and payments to more than 200 health-department staffers from the state and Clark County working to rein in the disease.

Some people can not be vaccinated, including infants under six months of age, people with certain underlying health conditions and those undergoing chemotherapy - meaning they must rely on high levels of immunity within their communities to prevent infection with the virus.

While the majority of children in Donegal still receive the MMR vaccine, the numbers have been dropping slightly over the past few years.

If you think you have contracted measles, be sure to alert your doctor before you go for a checkup, so they can quickly get to you. "Our data is showing that there is a substantial increase in measles cases".

As of 2016, only 89 percent of children received the MMR1 vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella - the lowest rate since 2012. Measles remains a common affliction in many areas of the world, including in parts of Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

Dr. Amanda Cohn, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pediatrician, has three daughters at The Epstein School and Riverwood High School. Having high vaccination coverage in schools protects not just the child, but also protects against outbreaks of disease, and can protect children who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons from being exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases.

  • Aubrey Nash