Monday, 22 April, 2019

Dallas confirms first reported case of the measles

0127-measles Measles Outbreaks in 2019 Outpace Total for 2018, 2nd Highest Since Disease Eliminated in U.S.
Francis Osborne | 07 April, 2019, 13:32

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states that four new cases were confirmed Tuesday, bringing the total to 34 individuals infected by the virus in Michigan this year. In 2017, there were no confirmed measles cases in the Military Health System, compared with 120 in the civilian population.

The MDHHS says the people infected range in age from eight months to 63 years.

Call 8-1-1 for information any time, or visit healthlinkbc.ca or immunizebc.ca/measles.

If symptoms develop, residents are urged to not visit their doctor or emergency room UNLESS they have called ahead so precautions can be taken to prevent exposure to other individuals.

People who should not get the vaccine include those who are pregnant, immune-compromised, or allergic to a component of the MMR vaccine, Ryan said.

For worldwide travel, infants as young as 6 months should be vaccinated against measles.

For the mumps vaccine, we expect about 88% of people vaccinated to be protected, whereas for the measles vaccine this is as high as 98%.

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"The MMR vaccine is available free of charge as part of the routine immunisation schedule".

So far this year, there have been 387 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states.

Adults who didn't receive two vaccine doses in childhood should also get at least one dose, she said.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus.

Oakland County has been hit the hardest with all but one of the state's measles cases, though an outlier was confirmed in Wayne County last month.

It wasn't until vaccinations were developed and improved that the disease was declared eliminated in 2000 "thanks to a highly effective vaccination program in the United States, as well as better measles control in the Americas region", the CDC reported. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, diarrhea and red eyes, followed a few days later by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the chest. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you. Those droplets remain infective in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

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