Measles in Canterbury now 'in widespread circulation' as infections rise to 25

Grant Boone
March 14, 2019

The DHB has told medical centres in the region that extra supplies of the vaccine were being delivered, with 18,000 doses expected to be available in practices from Wednesday.

"It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community", said Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health.

"So that's one of the other issues that makes it so perplexing - people who might stay home if they knew they had Measles, don't realize it is Measles until they've already infected other people", Mann said. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective at protecting children from measles, according to the CDC.

"Measles is now in widespread circulation and people who aren't fully immune could be exposed to the risk of infection anywhere in Canterbury", it added. Of that number, 70 confirmed cases are from Clark County, Washington.

These requests for exemptions are often based on unfounded safety concerns, including the fear that the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism-a link made in a 1998 article in the scientific journal The Lancet.

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Colvin said about one in four people throughout the United States who get the measles will be hospitalized and one out of every 1,000 measles patients will develop brain swelling which could lead to brain damage. I hate reading an article about a kid dying from measles all because that child did not have his or her vaccinations. "We have, so far in 2019, over 200 cases of measles in the U.S.", Reynolds explains. "We had ten states that originally had measles cases this year". In 2015, for instance, there were 154 cases in the first two months of the year followed by just 34 for the remainder of the year, putting it at right about average relative to the past decade's annual totals.

"It is very important to vaccinate your children", said Public Health Nurse Clinic Coordinator, Jean Reynolds.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person.

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