Measles Cases Continuing to Spread Across US, Health Officials Urging Vaccination

14 March, 2019, 07:56 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Measles outbreak in New Zealand's Canterbury widens to 20

The health officials recently identified some new measles cases in some of the regions including the Clark County on this Saturday and now with the addition of these to the list of total cases, the number has now reached to 65, as per the reports.

In a statement, the Canterbury District of Health said "It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community".

"Unimmunised people who come within two metres of an infectious person, however briefly, have a 90 per cent chance of contracting measles", the health board said.

Clinics in the central-eastern region ran out of vaccines after the outbreak started in late February, with an additional 18,000 MMR vaccines expected to be brought in by Wednesday.

Kelley Vollmar, the director of the Jefferson County Health Department, says the adult who has the measles had contact with a small number of people and has self-quarantined.

Health authorities warn that anyone who isn't immunized or who hasn't received two doses of the MMR vaccine is at higher risk of getting sick.

For children who are too young to have had both MMRs or who cannot be immunised for other reasons, the best way to protect them is to ensure everyone around them has been vaccinated - if you can't get it, you can't pass it on.

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With a median age of 2 years old, 56% of measles cases are under 5 years of age.

Health officials say if you got the measles vaccine when you were a child it should be effective for your whole life unless you are exposed to those who have measles and then you may need a booster shot.

Texas is following a national trend with more measles cases.

Measles infects the respiratory system and can cause deafness, blindness and can even be fatal in some rare cases.

Timaru's Parkside Medical Centre general practitioner Dr Mary McSherry said many people called the centre's nurses on Monday voicing concerns about the spread of measles.

The highly contagious disease can spread through coughing and sneezing, and the virus can live for up to two hours in the air or on a surface.

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