Weekend brings no new cases in Vancouver-area measles outbreak

Leslie Hanson
February 11, 2019

Measles' incubation period can be as long as 21 days, leaving public health officials on edge for weeks after the most recent reported case. The patient is receiving care. Typically, measles patients can be treated at home, rather than in hospitals, Hussain said.

Last week, pediatricians urged parents to have their babies vaccinated against measles earlier than the recommended age, following the declaration of a measles outbreak in several areas in the Philippines. As of Saturday, 54 cases had been confirmed.

Travellers at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., were warned last week that people who were in the airport's Terminal One for a four-hour period on January 27, may have contracted the disease.

Nicole Wilson, 32, told the paper she and her boyfriend were "already thinking" about moving out of Washington to avoid vaccinating her unborn child, saying of health officials: "I'll tell you something".

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

Infection does not require close contact and measles can survive in close areas, such as a bathroom, for up to two hours after an infected person has left. Its complications include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, and even death, according to the Department of Health.

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

The number of people infected with measles has climbed to more than 4,300 with at least 70 confirmed deaths, the health chief said Monday.

Anti-vaccine activists packed an Olympia, Washington public hearing Friday to oppose a bill that would make it harder for families to opt out of vaccination requirements for measles, mumps and rubella amid the state's worst measles outbreak in more than two decades. However, those born before 1970 are likely immune.

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

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