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In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Donegal, the Ireland Health Service Executive (HSE) says the outbreak total has risen to seven. Measles vaccine is usually given to children aged 6 months and above, and parents of those younger must be extra cautious.

Alberta's low vaccination rate is putting it at risk of a measles outbreak and the province should consider making vaccines mandatory, says an infectious disease expert.

"The measles vaccine isn't flawless, but one dose is 93 percent effective at preventing illness", Melnick said in a separate statement on Wednesday.

Most of the fatalities had no immunization for measles.

PUBLIC health officials are investigating a suspected case of measles in a four-year-old tourist.

"I'm not forcing anybody to get vaccinated if they don't want to vaccinate", she said in an interview.

Infection with the virus begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a blotchy rash that spreads from the face and neck to the rest of the body. An INSPQ study shows that in 2016, 94 per cent of Quebec two-year-olds had received both doses of the measles vaccine, up from 88 per cent in 2006.

According to The Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, requiring the shots is the best course of action. "Vaccination rates are steadily decreasing which means we are seeing more cases of vaccine-preventable diseases in areas with clusters of unvaccinated children". New supplies of the vaccinations are being shipped from other parts of the country in order to ensure that enough of the medicine is available to keep the measles from spreading to other counties or possibly even other nearby states.

Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

The number of people with measles held steady at 67 on Tuesday, but Clark County Public Health has identified more potential locations where people might have been exposed to measles.

Recent measles outbreaks in states such as Washington, New York, and New Jersey have cast a spotlight on a group of Americans who receive exemptions from immunizing their children on the grounds that the vaccines violate their religious freedoms.

For now, the province says an immunization registration program in schools is "under consideration" but mandatory vaccinations are unlikely.

California removed personal belief vaccine exemptions for children in both public and private schools in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the US and into Canada.

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