Urgent warning as more than 1,000 contract measles or mumps

25 Mai, 2019, 05:25 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Urgent warning as more than 1,000 contract measles or mumps

The states that contacted the CDC about the possible need for this intervention were: California, which has reported 47 cases of measles this year; IL, which has reported eight cases of measles this year; Texas, which has reported 15 cases; Washington, which has reported 79 cases; and NY, which has reported more than 630 cases. Figures for uptake this year haven't been released yet.

Although the disease outbreak did not originate in Americans - it was either brought to the U.S. by travelers from or Americans returning from countries like Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines - and spread like wildfire among unvaccinated communities, and beyond. There has also been some spread into the wider population, such as those who may have missed out on the MMR vaccine when they were younger.

"Travelers need to make sure that they and their families are protected against measles". One dose of the MMR vaccine is about 90-95 per cent effective at preventing measles. The level of protection is around 99 per cent after a second dose. "By the time you start showing symptoms, it is too late to vaccinate".

States reporting measles cases this year are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington.

Measles can kill and it is incredibly easy to catch, especially if you are not vaccinated.

Over 30 years ago we introduced the MMR vaccine, and since then our world-leading vaccination programme is estimated to have prevented 1.8 million painful and potentially fatal cases of measles.

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The child is now in good health.

The afflicted school-aged child from Somerset County, whose measles case was confirmed on Monday, was vaccinated and had no complications while the disease ran its course, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The vaccine available on the NHS to babies as part of their routine vaccination schedule, but is also available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their two doses. About 3 out of 100 people who get both doses of vaccine will get measles if exposed to the virus.

After trying to dissuade a passenger who is sick and contagious from traveling on a plane, state or local health officials may contact the CDC to request assistance.

The nation's largest outbreak of measles was recorded in New York City - 523 cases since October 2017.

Washington Post quoted Martin Cetron, director of the agency's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, saying there is nothing wrong in officials asking measles-affected people to de-board the flight as the infection may spread.

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