Why we must be on guard against measles community outbreak


According to the CDC, measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It's followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Complications include diarrhea, dehydration, ear infections, pneumonia and inflammation of the brain.

Wasn't measles eradicated in the U.S.?

"We know that measles continues to routinely circulate in communities".

How is measles making a return to the U.S.?

After a NY county declared a state of emergency to prevent the spread of a measles outbreak, why is the once-eliminated disease on the rise again? So, a person with measles who enters and then leaves a room can infect others who enter that same room for up to two hours, without direct person-to-person contact. Before widespread measles vaccinations in the us, 500 children died from measles every year. Worldwide, about 90,000 children die from measles every year.

The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective.

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For information on free clinics, or the measles, contact the Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2497 or 845-364-2520 to schedule an appointment to get a free MMR vaccine at the Pomona health complex. Most do not experience any side effects from the shot.

Dr Pink says extending the second dose to these groups recognises the importance of stopping the transmission of measles amongst young people. The first dose protects children 95 to 97 percent of the time. By the time children enter school, they should have the two doses.

In other parts of the world, many people lack access to the vaccines and clean sanitation needed to keep measles at bay. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.

Many people already have good protection against the measles, says Dr Pink.

Meanwhile, as many foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) working in Hong Kong have come from countries where the overall measles vaccination rates are relatively low, and given the possibility that the workers may have frequent contact with people travelling to measles-affected regions, the risk of a massive measles outbreak among FDHs in the city can not be ignored. It doesn't guarantee that they won't get the disease, however it can lessen the severity if they do.