Measles kills two in Switzerland as cases rise

Henrietta Brewer
May 3, 2019

"Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles", said state epidemiologist Dr. Christina Tan. These individuals are encouraged to ask their healthcare provider about receiving a dose of MMR. "Vaccination is our most powerful tool to control the spread of imported measles".

When the virus finally releases its payload, an infected person may experience a high fever, dry cough, runny nose and eyes.

More than 700 cases of measles have been confirmed across the US, not yet in Utah, but Miner said it is imminent.

For all others, including children and infants, the CDC and San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency say it's important to ensure their measles-mumps-rubella vaccination status is up to date.

"Anybody that got the vaccine, one or two doses of the vaccine after that period of time is likely already immune", Martinez said. "And as a result, particularly in pockets where there are lots of people who are not vaccinated, there have been outbreaks".

However, Senior Medical Officer of Health Dr Karen Broome has cautioned that if persons are planning to travel to an area where there is an outbreak, then children six to 11 months should receive one dose of the vaccine. Anyone planning to travel overseas, however, is also at high-risk of getting measles.

Officials have warned that music festivals can be hotspots for measles and anyone who has not had two doses of the MMR vaccine is at risk.

Measles cases have been confirmed in Los Angeles and Orange counties in recent days, causing the Los Angeles County's Department of Public Health to quarantine hundreds of UCLA and Cal State Los Angeles students and faculty members who may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

Data show the vaccine is most effective if it's administered when a person is at least one year old.

"As family physicians, it is our responsible to help our patients who are not vaccinated - to educate them so that they can get vaccinated", Hooks said, noting that vaccine-preventable diseases can take both a financial and a health toll.

He had received the vaccination 67 hours after being exposed to the virus.

The Alabama Department of Health on Thursday confirmed the first case of measles in Alabama in 2019.

Measles is very contagious and symptoms can occur 10 days to 2 weeks after exposure.

"As has been said, I do not want to see measles or any of the other childhood illness that have been eliminated in the United States make a comeback".

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