Measles outbreak spreads to Texas

As the threat of measles has become all too real in Clark County, residents are lining up for vaccines, according to data first reported by Kaiser Health News.

Area health clinics are scrambling to keep up with sudden demand, mostly among parents of children who had not been inoculated.

"During an outbreak is when you see an influx of patients who would otherwise be vaccine-hesitant", said Virginia Ramos, infection-control nurse with Sea Mar Community Health Center, which runs six sites that offer vaccines in Clark County.

The Vancouver Clinic, which operates medical offices and urgent-care centers in the area, reported that shots administered jumped from 263 in January 2018 to 1,444 last month, a almost 450 percent increase. Health officials have long anxious about the potential for an outbreak in the region.

Vaccination rates for measles, mumps and rubella in Ukraine fell sharply over a number of years during its conflict with Russian Federation, reaching 31% in 2016 - among the lowest in the world. In King County, the rise was a more modest 13 percent, from 3,960 doses to 4,480.

"The virus can stay in a room for two hours after someone with the disease has been in there".

Only two provinces, Ontario and New Brunswick, require children to have updated vaccination records in order to enter school.

"I think "patchwork" is a good word to use to describe it", said Vinita Dubey, associate medical officer of health with Toronto Public Health.

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The Grayson County Health Department says there are no confirmed cases in Grayson County as of Wednesday.

Multnomah County officials have reported a steep uptick in vaccinations over this time past year.

"These outbreaks are associated with travelers who brought measles back from Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks are occurring", the CDC says.

In Clark County, 34 of the cases were among children age 10 or younger, while just two were among patients older than 18.

Five measles cases were announced earlier this week in the Houston area.

Ukraine reported the highest number of measles cases a year ago across Europe, while more than 90% of cases were in 10 countries, including France, Italy and Greece.

Washington is one of many states with non-medical exemptions.

In many countries, anti-vaccine campaigners seek to dissuade parents from getting their children immunised, despite strong scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective. Others object to the timing and combinations of the vaccines and to being forced to inoculate their children.

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