Washington lawmakers weigh vaccine bill amid outbreak

Health 02/08/19, 14:38

Amid a measles outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in the Pacific Northwest, Washington lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a bill that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to opt their school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.Hundreds of ...

Measles case in Pacific Northwest outbreak at 49

Health 02/04/19, 14:01

Public health officials say there are now 49 confirmed measles cases in the Pacific Northwest and seven suspected cases.Authorities said Sunday that 47 of the cases are in southwest Washington state, one is in Seattle and one in the Portland, Oregon area.In Clark County, Washington, 41 of the patients were ...

Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws

U.S. 02/01/19, 18:31

A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called "philosophical" exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the fallout. At least 44 people in Washington and Oregon have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus, which ...

North Dakota sends team to help with measles breakout

Health 01/31/19, 14:24

North Dakota is sending an emergency response team to assist in efforts to control an escalating measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.The North Dakota Department of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response will deploy a five-member unit to relieve existing members of the Washington state response group, the Bismarck Tribune reported."We ...

Authorities: 38 now sickened in Northwest measles outbreak

Health 01/30/19, 16:47

Authorities say there are now 38 confirmed cases of measles in an outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.The confirmed cases are mostly centered in southwest Washington state, but include two people who travelled to Hawaii and another who went to Bend, Oregon.Clark County Public Health said in a statement Wednesday there ...

Measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, sickens 35

Health 01/28/19, 15:58

A measles outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington, with 11 more cases suspected.Thirty-one patients had not been vaccinated against measles, and the status of four others who were infected is not known. One child has been hospitalized.Public health officials struggling to contain the highly contagious ...

Measles outbreak grows in northwest US, 30 cases reported

Health 01/25/19, 16:27

The number of confirmed measles cases near Portland grew from 25 to 30 on Friday, with nine additional cases suspected — an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination rates in what's been identified as an anti-vaccination U.S. "hot spot."Public health officials in southwest Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, ...

Muslim concern about vaccine fuels Thai measles outbreak

Health 11/06/18, 06:29

Health authorities in Thailand are racing to contain a measles outbreak in the country's southern provinces, where 14 deaths and more than 1,500 cases have been reported since September.Officials blame the comeback of the disease on low vaccination rates in the south caused by misconceptions among the Muslim population about ...

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