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DOH: Over 4K measles cases, 70 deaths in Philippines

DOH: Over 4K measles cases, 70 deaths in Philippines

VCH spokesperson Shaf Hussain told CTV News the person was diagnosed on Thursday, which is when VCH was informed. Health officials have stated that the outbreak, which is centered around Clark County, is primarily spreading among children under the age of 10.

He said the patient is receiving treatment, but could not say where.

The health authority last released a measles alert in September, when a person who was infected attended the Skookum Festival. A surge in measles cases prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency January 25.

"Once pneumonia sets in and then you get secondary bacterial infections, tuloy-tuloy na, mabilis downhill kasi yung maliit na bata, the health system is so fragile", he added.

Vancouver Coastal Health is insisting a public advisory isn't necessary and there is no risk to the public. Four more cases have been confirmed in Oregon.

Measles, caused by a virus that infects the respiratory tract, can be passed through direct contact and through the air. Its complications include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, and even death, according to the Department of Health.

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House Bill 1638, would look to eliminate those personal and philosophical exemptions as related to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - more commonly known as the MMR vaccine - but would allow for religious and medical exemptions.

The DOH cited a World Health Organization (WHO) study in 2018 which identified reasons for not bringing children for immunization in Metro Manila.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control tracks child immunization and reports that 82.1 per cent of children aged seven had been immunized for measles in 2018, compared to 88.4 per cent in 2017 and 90.2 per cent in 2016.

Amid a measles outbreak in Washington state that officials have confirmed has spread to at least 51 people and suspect to have spread to over a dozen others, hundreds of people showed up to a rally on Friday to demand the right to keep exposing their kids to the possibility of contracting easily prevented, potentially fatal illnesses, multiple outlets reported.

The agency said there have been large measles outbreaks reported across Europe which have affected many countries.


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