New Zealand faces unsafe measles outbreak with 25 confirmed cases

Measles outbreak in New Zealand's Canterbury widens to 20

California has reported at least one case since the beginning of the year.

"The resurgence of measles is of serious concern, with extended outbreaks occurring across regions, and particularly in countries that had achieved, or were close to achieving measles elimination", said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General for Programmes at WHO. Lindenberger went as far as testifying about his case before a U.S. Senate committee last week.

"It's not the low rates of vaccination, it's the fact that measles is such a contagious virus - it's the most contagious virus known to human-kind".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles eliminated in the United States in 2000, thanks to widespread use of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine.

Also, measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. Before scientists developed the vaccine, between 3 and 4 million people caught measles and 500 died from it each year in the US, according to the agency.

If you are unsure of your family's immunization status, you can view, download and print your family's immunization information online atMyIR or request a copy of your immunization record from theWashington State Department of Health.

But Vancouver Coastal Health says the measles outbreak in Francophone schools that at its peak required approximately 30 students and staff to stay home as a precaution seems to be drawing to a close.

"Given their higher risk, our focus over the short term is to provide MMR immunisations to those under 29 years who are not fully vaccinated", Pink said.

Washington is one of the states that allows parents to opt out of giving their children vaccines because of "personal beliefs". Health officials recommend you call ahead to make sure locations have the vaccinations and staffing available to immunize you.

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