Pohnpei Measles Outbreak Prompts Warning On Guam

Travelers to Micronesian Games told to get vaccinated

By Steve Limtiaco

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 20, 2014) – A measles outbreak in the Federated States of Micronesia has prompted Guam Public Health officials to warn local residents.

Pregnant women, kids

Pregnant women and young children are advised to avoid close contact with anyone who has a rash-like illness and cold symptoms, according to the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

Guam health care providers also have been advised to verify the immunization records of the patients they see and to administer or schedule needed vaccinations.

There is an outbreak of measles in Pohnpei state, in the Federated States of Micronesia, with four reported cases as of June 6.

Residents from the FSM are allowed to live and work in Guam because of a federal treaty called the Compact of Free Association.

Micronesian Games

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, spread from person to person through large respiratory droplets. Symptoms include: fever; a rash that lasts three days or longer; cough; runny nose; and red eyes.

Public Health also said those traveling from Guam to Pohnpei next month to attend the 8th Micronesian Games should be vaccinated for measles at least two weeks before leaving.

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Comments

  • Wow...and it started in pohnpei?? Hows is it possible?
  • It did not begin on Pohnpei but it has been there before and it is there again. 

    The measles virus has been around for more than a thousand years and affects people wherever they live...UNLESS THEY GET VACCINATED. 

     A combination vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella has been widely available since 1971.  Health authorities try to immunize all young children.  But if the parents do not bring their kids in for the vacination shot, they are vulnerable to getting very sick, or even dying.



  • Didn't kosrae had measle out break a couple of weeks ago?
  • Yup.  It is a contagious disease that does not respect national boundaries. When infected people travel, measles can spread.

    http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2014/May/05-26-05.htm

    The only way to stop measles from spreading is to vaccinate everyone who has not been vaccinated.  Everyone.
  • Don't mean this to be a offense to you guys from kapilong(fsm-palau)but it seems like we in the marshalls gotta stop flights coming and going from fsm. It make sense cuz you fsmers have to make a stop on majuro before you get to hawaii.
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  • I heard the first patient found with this disease got it from Kosrae. Is it true?
  • This Is the Damage a Single Unvaccinated Child Can Now Do  
    by Chez Pazienza on June 23, 2014

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    f you need a real world example of the damage being caused by the ongoing campaign of disinformation against childhood vaccinations, look no further than a new study published in Pediatrics. According to the pretty extraordinary report, researchers have traced a measles outbreak that occurred in Minnesota in 2011 back to a single unvaccinated child. The two-and-a-half-year-old was reportedly of Somali descent but lived in the United States; it contracted measles during a brief trip to Kenya and once it returned and assimilated back into daily life spread the disease to a family-member and three other children in daycare.

    Once the child was diagnosed, doctors realized it was too late to quarantine it and that the measles outbreak it started had spread to 21 people total. Of those 21 patients, 16 hadn’t been vaccinated, with the families of seven citing concerns about the safety of vaccinations for their refusal to immunize.

    Measles is incredibly contagious which means that, as the Pediatrics study shows, even a single carrier can lead to an outbreak. If enough people are vaccinated within a group, though, even those without immunity can be protected via the herd effect. The problem begins when too many in a given group aren’t vaccinated and herd immunity is compromised. That’s what we’re starting to see more and more of around the country and in other parts of the industrialized world, thanks to parents who think they’re smarter than doctors because they can enter the words “Jenny McCarthy Vaccine Autism” into a Google search field.

    Due to the completely unscientific crap injected into the pop culture bloodstream by people who continue to shriek about how vaccines are dangerous — more dangerous than the diseases they damn-near miraculously helped to almost eradicate — there were more cases of measles reported by the CDC in the first six months of 2014 than in any January-June period in 20 years. That’s a jarring statistic and it should give every single parent pause. An achievement in human medicine of gargantuan proportions has been undone by something far more tenacious: human stupidity.

    We’ve said it before and we’ll keep right on saying it: vaccinate your damn kids. If you choose not to, you’re an irresponsible parent and a lousy human being.


  • Thanks for updates. Take care everybody.
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  • Thanks FM. That's why I also urge all ya to stop and rush to the nearest hospital or where the Vaccination Teams are assigned to deliver vaccines and a get good needle pinched before you become one of the carriers especially to your loved ones.
  • Cholera and now the measles!!what's next?

  • SO THOUGHTFUL OF YOU TO SHARE THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION. THANKS A MILLION, FACTS!!

    BLESS YOU!

    NEXT WILL BE BIRD FLU, sinner?

    this is your sister,

    Mrs. Sinbad
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