The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a warning about the number of measles cases in the United States. That's more cases in a single year than the USA has seen in the past 25 years and it's only April. While there have been no deaths, 66 people have been hospitalized, many with pneumonia.
"Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases, which means that you need more than 93% immunity to protect a population", says Adalja.
- As authorities work to contain a measles outbreak sweeping across the country, health officials recommend Americans receive two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine - or verify that they have received two doses in their lifetime. The highly contagious virus can spread to others through coughing and sneezing.
"As New York City does everything it can to end the measles outbreak, I am thankful that the Appellate Division has denied a request for a temporary restraining order", said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears; cases should be isolated for four days post-rash onset. If an infected person coughed in a room, 90% of nonvaccinated people in that room would become infected.
"Before vaccines were available, almost everyone was infected with measles, mumps and rubella viruses during childhood". Lisa Coles, MD, primary care physician at UC San Diego Health, is available to discuss the measles vaccine and who should get another dose. "One dose of the vaccine turned out to not be quite enough". That rate goes up to 97% effective after a second dose.
Congress should act to allow schools to ensure that all children who attend are properly vaccinated, with exemptions for valid medical concerns. Those droplets can remain airborne for up to two hours, and readily infect un-vaccinated people who breathe them in.
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"I've been vaccinated since I was little", traveler Lexie Nevels said. "It's for the health of all the people all around us".
NY state has seen a tremendous increase of measles outbreaks this year, especially in Orthodox-Jewish communities. "The recent outbreak started through what we call importation", she said.
While there are no reported cases of measles in Utah, over 700 cases of measles have been reported in the U.S making it the worst outbreak in this country in decades.
But it's another thing to take the kind of step Rockland County initially did, in which unvaccinated kids were placed under house arrest - not because they were infection risks, but because their parents weren't listening to public health officials, he said.
It's one thing to isolate someone with measles or to quarantine someone who has been exposed, he said.
"We have proper precautions in place", Wilkinson said.
Those experiencing symptoms should contact their health providers immediately but should not visit offices, clinics or hospitals without first notifying them of symptoms.