Measles cases in Ireland increased by 244% in 2018

Megan E. Garcia

Call your health provider-to avoid spreading infection, don't just show up at an emergency room-if on that day you were at AFC Urgent Care, 2 Broadway, between 2 and 5 p.m. or at Walgreens Pharmacy, 383 Washington Ave., between 3 and 5:30 p.m., New Jersey health officials said.

The Philippines, Brazil and France along with seven other countries account for nearly two-thirds of the total increase, which UNICEF says is eroding progress already made in the fight against this curable and highly deadly disease.

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles to be eliminated in the United States.

It blamed the resurgence on poor infrastructure and conflict in some countries, but said the anti-vaccine movement had a role to play in others.

The new surge in cases has not "happened overnight", she added. "Just as the serious outbreaks we are seeing today took hold in 2018, lack of action today will have disastrous consequences for children tomorrow", Fore said.

That brings the number of cases in the Portland, Oregon bedroom community of Vancouver, Washington, to 68 - more than 40 per cent of the number reported nationwide since January 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated statistics released Friday.

Ten countries, including Ukraine, the Philippines and Brazil, account for almost three-quarters of the total increase in measles cases in 2018, UNICEF said.

Mr Power says vaccination is key to reducing the numbers. It is also known that 24,042 diseased with measles were spotted in Ukraine in 2019.

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Brazil saw 10,262 cases in 2018 after having none at all the year before, while the Philippines reported 15,599 cases last year compared to 2,407 in 2017. It has not been affected by the country's civil unrest, but "negative attitudes toward immunization, and previous shortages in vaccine supply, have resulted in low vaccination rates".

Even though California enacted tough legislation in 2016 barring "personal belief" exemptions for childhood vaccinations, some parents may be turning to unethical physicians to circumvent the new law.

Most are young children under age 10 who were not vaccinated.

"Measles is more contagious than tuberculosis or Ebola, yet it is eminently preventable with a vaccine that costs pennies".

From Jan. 1, 2019 to February 21, 2019, there have been 159 confirmed measles cases in 10 states, Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told the committee. "Those who opt out of vaccinating their children are placing vulnerable members of our population, like my son, at great risk for exposure". There is no specific treatment.

It said the number of measles cases increased six-fold between 2017 and 2018 in the United States, reaching 791.

Outbreaks have recently been reported in the Philippines and in parts of Europe.

"It is unthinkable for any children to suffer from these diseases that are, in the first place, preventable", she said.

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