Medicine

Travel advisory issued for Japan over measles outbreak

Travel advisory issued for Japan over measles outbreak

Doctors are treating unimmunised New Zealanders in carparks and outdoor areas in an attempt to reduce the spread of measles, as the number of confirmed cases of the contagious disease rose to 25.

Canterbury's District Health Board said: "The number of confirmed cases.is likely to rise further over the coming days and weeks".

These requests for exemptions are often based on unfounded safety concerns, including the fear that the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism-a link made in a 1998 article in the scientific journal The Lancet.

The measles immunization rate for OH children ages 4 to 6 - children who have received the recommended two doses of MMR vaccine - is 92 percent, according to the Erie County Health Department statistics.

A total of 18,000 extra doses of the MMR vaccine are being transported to Canterbury over the next 24 hours.

"So that's one of the other issues that makes it so perplexing - people who might stay home if they knew they had Measles, don't realize it is Measles until they've already infected other people", Mann said.

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DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children get a dose of measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 years.

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.

Malagasy fisherman Dada lost three children who died of measles one week apart in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar, February 28, 2019.

However, many countries still have a poor surveillance system, and many people who were suspected with measles didn't seek health care or, if diagnosed, are not reported.

The Jefferson County Health Department began investigating a case of measles on Friday. In addition, there is a one to two month lag time in reporting.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing, Texas DSHS says.


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