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

A doctor administer's an injection

A doctor administer's an injection

The weekend brought a break in new measles cases amid an outbreak centered in the Vancouver area.

With over 50 confirmed cases of measles in Washington state, lawmakers have introduced a bill that would eliminate personal or philosophical exemptions to being vaccinated from measles, mumps and rubella.

The number stands at 53 confirmed cases of measles and two suspected cases in Clark County as of February 9. "The immediate workplace has been notified and places where that person may have went, but the infectious period has passed in that particular case, and there is only one confirmed case".

For a full list of exposure sites, check here. Statewide, the number of measles vaccinations increased by about 30 percent, from 12,140 doses last January to 15,780 this January, Kaiser Health News reported. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person, and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

To further limit the spread of the virus, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before visiting a hospital or doctor's office.

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".

Clark County Public Health, 360-397-8021.

Multnomah County, Ore., Public Health, 503-988-3406.

The Health Secretary said they began a nationwide immunization campaign as early as April 2018, however, there was a low turnout of parents particularly in Metro Manila who availed of the vaccination services.

The DOH said that the recent measles outbreak in parts of the country could be attributed to vaccine hesitancy among the public. A person can spread the virus before they show symptoms.

People are contagious with measles for up to four days before and up to four days after the rash appears. After someone is exposed to measles, illness develops in about one to three weeks.