Thursday, 21 March, 2019

20 measles cases are confirmed in New Zealand's Canterbury

Jeff Mc Intosh  The Canadian Press Jeff Mc Intosh The Canadian Press
Ben Pena | 14 March, 2019, 07:56

He knows that his suffering three years ago could have been avoided if he received immunization, and he is concerned about the dozens of children in Washington state where a measles outbreak began earlier this year.

New Zealand, like many other countries, is seeing a resurgence of measles, following skepticism from growing sectors of the population that the MMR vaccination can cause autism - a belief that has been thoroughly and repeatedly debunked by global health experts, including the World Health Organisation.

Still, Dr. Steven Shapiro, chairman of pediatrics at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health, reiterated that no vaccine offers complete protection, and the effectiveness does lessen over time.

An outbreak of measles in New Zealand's South Island has continued to spread as health authorities order emergency supplies of vaccines.

The Texas Health Department has confirmed a case of the measles in Collin County. The highly contagious disease is spread by coughing, sneezing, close personal contact or direct contact with infected nose or throat secretions.

Nine dead, including five children, in Brazil shooting; 17 others also shot
Doria said the school had been evacuated and police were inspecting what appeared to be possible explosives left by the shooters. When I realized they were gunshots, I stayed there. "It didn't take long until police arrived".

Measles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death.

The DHB says it's highly infectious - and anyone unvaccinated who's within two metres of someone with measles has a 90 percent chance of catching it. Health officials recommend you call ahead to make sure locations have the vaccinations and staffing available to immunize you. "Some people don't get their kids vaccinated and those kids are at a bigger risk than our kids". "People between the ages of 29 and 50 can expect to get a measles vaccine from their general practice in a week or two".

The four-year-old MMR can be brought forward to no sooner than four weeks after the previous MMR.

More information on the measles virus, signs and symptoms and vaccination recommendations can be found online at the Centers for Disease Control.

One child with measles walking through a school will pretty much infect every other susceptible person in that school.

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