Case of measles confirmed in Vancouver

Case of measles confirmed in Vancouver

The fear originated after a scandal involving dengue vaccination made people fear losing their children to other severe diseases. More than 50 people have contracted the disease during the current outbreak.

One of those teens is Mayci, an 18-year-old from Augusta, Georgia who went to Reddit for advice on vaccination after hearing about the measles outbreak. User /u/Danny691261 posted, "I am writing because I am the 15 year old son of an anti-vaccine parent".

"At the time I was born, both of my parents agreed on anti-vaccination", Mayci said.

As a result, experts say, many children have been left vulnerable to measles, with unvaccinated adults also facing the risk of contagion. The crisis has been blamed on a backlash against vaccinations.

A growing band of immunisation detractors is driving a surge in measles cases from the Philippines to Washington State that threatens to derail efforts to wipe out the disease.

According to The Guardian, the majority of the recent victims are children.

The disease starts out like a common cold, then it progresses into high fever along with worsening symptoms. An additional 48,000 were hospitalized and 1,000 suffered encephalitis, or swelling of the brain.

Elsewhere, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it is still deeply concerned about a measles outbreak in Madagascar, and though the full situation is still being assessed, the event has worsened since the first of the year.

In 2017, there were 107,292 suspected cases in Southeast Asia.

Infections have been reported in some of the poorest and most densely-populated regions of the country including Metro Manila, which is home to 12 million people.

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Duque called the accusations "malicious and baseless".

"The challenge we face is that most people haven't seen this, the effects of an outbreak", Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman told reporters last week, according to The Washington Post.

Acosta denied responsibility for the vaccine scare, saying it was "unfair" to pin the blame on her and her office.

A way for vaccines to work effectively is "herd immunization" -- meaning if enough of a population is immune, those who aren't will be more protected.

Salvador Panelo, spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte, defended Acosta, saying she was "just doing her job" in rallying alleged Dengvaxia victims to press charges.

"Vaccines, from a public health perspective, are safe, effective and they've been studied over and over again and have not shown any links to any adverse events".

"At the end of the day you have to do what you feel is best for your children and it's not going to be agreeable to everyone", said Jill Wheeler.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, who used to lead the health committee, has called on Acosta to resign.

"The Duterte Administration recognizes that this is a public health issue that needs to be urgently addressed, which is why we are focused on ensuring that the provisions of RA 10152 are properly implemented", Nograles said.

"Her lies and hysterics contributed directly to the erosion of public trust in our vaccination programmes".

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