Confirmed case of measles in York Region, public may have been exposed

21 April, 2019, 06:54 | Author: Cynthia Curry
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US public health experts have said that one dose of the MMR vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing measles, an extremely contagious virus that can have serious consequences - pneumonia, hearing loss, brain damage and death.

With measles outbreaks occurring nationally and internationally and the increase in travel during the spring break season, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) reminds everyone who has not been immunized against measles to get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) immunization. The first should happen as a baby and then the second dose between ages four and six, but the second dose can happen sooner as long as it's 28 days after the first dose.

New York City followed through on its threat to fine people who refused to get measles vaccines on Thursday.

"Because of all the global visitors we have that come to central Florida, it's certainly wise to be vaccinated", said Kent Donahue, spokesman for the Orange County Health Department.

According to a Centers for Disease Control analysis of a 2017 immunization survey, 1.3 percent of children born in 2015 had not received any of the recommended vaccinations, more than quadrupling the number of 2-year-olds who went unvaccinated in 2000.

"'There's no downside to getting an MMR, especially during an outbreak", says Faust".

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Before the measles vaccine was developed, the disease killed between two and three million people annually worldwide.

New Yorkers who believe they were exposed to measles or who have symptoms of measles should contact their healthcare provider before seeking care to prevent exposure to other patients. You can catch measles just by walking in a room with someone who has measles - even after they left the room because measles lives on dry surfaces for hours. From March 2018 to January, more than 3,400 people have been infected with measles in Israel, the Health Ministry said.

The United States also has been battling such outbreaks.

"Obviously the national context of having hundreds of cases and in 20 states, and seeing continued spread, raises the angst here", Jones says. Hospitalizations and serious complications from vaccine-preventable diseases are sharply on the rise.

Measles cases in Maryland have been localized to a small geographic area within zip codes 21208, 21209 and 21215.



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