Measles cases now up to 9

Nic Amaya  CBC News

Nic Amaya CBC News

Five children and one adult have been newly diagnosed with measles in Clark County, public health officials said Saturday, breaking a lull in new cases that saw just one new diagnosis in a week.

"We now have an outbreak", said Hayden. "Cases are occurring in staff, students and family members affiliated with this school".

"Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune will become infected", stresses the Texas Department of State Health Services.

While most people in Canada have been protected through vaccination, those who haven't been immunized or need a measles shot can get vaccinated for free at City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre.

Clark County listed a new potential exposure site: The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, at 2525 NE 139th St., Vancouver, from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, and from 10:30 a.m. -3:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

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She defined an "outbreak" as a number of cases that are higher than expected; Vancouver should have zero cases if immunization levels were adequate, she said.

Vancouver Coastal Health issued an alert to parents, students and staff after two cases of measles were confirmed at École Secondaire Jules-Verne in Vancouver.

There are now four other measles outbreaks in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, with 215 people infected in three NY outbreaks and eight people infected in a Texas outbreak. People are infectious to others from four days before to four days after a rash appears. There are confirmed cases at École Anne Hebert in South Vancouver and a suspected case at École Rose des Vent in the Oakridge neighbourhood.

It can linger in the air for hours after an infected patient has left the room, and can also be spread through sharing food and drinks.

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

VCH recommends two doses of measles vaccine to protect yourself if you were born after 1970. People born between 1970-1994, or those born outside B.C., are likely to have received one dose. Rates are about 85 percent for first doses and 67 percent for second-dose coverage, amid rumors that link vaccinations to autism, even though 95 percent vaccination rates are needed to prevent outbreaks.

According to HealthLink BC, measles can cause brain inflammation which can lead to seizures or brain damage.

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