The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently completed additional lab testing on this case, which has been under investigation for over a week.
Measles is not a trivial disease. During that same 10-year period in the US, an estimated 48,000 people were hospitalized for measles each year, 1,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) each year, and 400 to 500 died each year. Hopefully, our public health officials will address the situation swiftly, not only to eliminate the threat of measles itself, but also to ensure that the anti-vaccine contagion does not spread to other diseases that can have serious consequences for all of us. A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune.
The use of quarantines and other orders are driven in part by a growing concern that outbreaks of measles and other diseases could get worse, despite the availability of effective vaccines, some health experts said. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. "Measles is resurging nationally and around the globe".
This is a timely reminder for individuals to check their vaccination records. But CDC said that travelers from countries where the virus remain a top concern contribute to US measles outbreak. More than 95 per cent of deaths from measles are in low income countries with weak health infrastructures.
In 2018, the proportion of the population susceptible to measles infection in the countries under study ranged from 3.7% in the United Kingdom to 9.3% in Italy (the only country where the proportion was found to be higher than 7.5%). Someone not immune to the virus has a 90% chance of being infected if they are exposed.
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Either far more people need to be vaccinated or a schools policy should be brought in, they said.
Universities have been told they must play a role in identifying and inoculating students who are in danger. "It's important to talk to your doctor if you're making worldwide travel plans".
"If you're unsure whether you are protected against measles, go talk to your doctor", Paules said.
Remember, if you are not immune to measles or can not confirm that you are, it is recommended that you attend your vaccine provider to request a FREE MMR vaccine.