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A few countries saw declines in the number of confirmed cases of measles.

Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF, said: "This is a wake-up call".

Kim goes on to say "As public health, we don't command isolations and we don't cancel out physicians recommendation if children are symptomatic it is always good to keep them home". Individuals potentially exposed, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as March 18, the alert said.

Watch: Patient zero in B.C. measles outbreak not vaccinated.

The Centre for Disease Control in British Columbia (BC CDC) is working to contain a measles outbreak.

From Jan. 1, 2019 to February 21, 2019, there have been 159 confirmed measles cases in 10 states, Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told the committee.

While the United States has not seen as big a jump in measles cases as some other countries in the report, outbreaks have been coming more common in recent years.

To help prevent further spreading of the disease, health officials ask that people who think they might have measles call their doctor or health care provider before going to a hospital or doctor's office.

Many people opposed to vaccines incorrectly believe that the government is covering up a connection between vaccines and autism - a theory scientists have thoroughly debunked.

Further investigations by Community and Public Health are now underway, including contact tracing in relation to this new case and prophylactic treatment and/or isolation for anyone thought to have been exposed, but not fully immune.

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Illinois: Eight cases were reported in two locations; six at Crystal Lake church and two at the McHenry County Correctional Facility.

Two months into the Vancouver-area measles outbreak, 73 people have been diagnosed.

"All of the Rockland cases have affected Orthodox Jews in Spring Valley, Monsey and New Square, although health officials caution that due to the small geographic nature of the county, anyone who is not immunized is susceptible", The Journal News reported.

Saudi Arabia's health ministry today reported new MERS-CoV case, which involves a 78-year-old man from Afif in the in the central part of the country, according to an update to its epidemiological week 9 report. If you got the standard two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine after 1967, you should be protected against the measles for life.

The scientific consensus about any risk from vaccines is that serious side effects are extremely rare.

Scott Lindquist, MD, the Washington Department of Health epidemiologist for communicable diseases, told Contagionthat the legislation would be a good start, but more action is needed to contain the issue of infectious disease outbreaks.

"There really is no excuse now for the misinformation, the mistrust and the complacency that has crept into measles vaccination around the world".

The measles vaccine became available in 1963, but one of the main versions used at the time was an inactivated, killed version of the virus.

UNICEF is urging governments and healthcare professionals to strengthen immunization programs and ensure parents understand that vaccines are safe and effective.

Washington and OR are among 10 states to confirm cases of measles in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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