Two new cases of measles in Saanich prompts exposure warning

Two new cases of measles in Saanich prompts exposure warning

Two new cases of measles in Saanich prompts exposure warning

The state Department of Health and Human Services issued an update Friday on the state's measles outbreak and, as part of that, listed three locations in Sturgis as possible exposure sites.

A measles case has been confirmed in Maryland, authorities said. Those affected range from age eight months to 63 years.

Individuals who may have been exposed at additional locations are being notified directly. Two doses of the vaccine are recommended, said Dr. Margaret Ryan, a retired Navy captain and the medical director of the Pacific Region Vaccine Safety Hub of the Defense Health Agency's Immunization Healthcare Branch. "It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing", the CDC website states.

Those with symptoms should not go to school or work and they should call their doctor before going to avoid potentially infecting others.

About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized. Adults without documentation of prior measles vaccination or immunity to measles can have measles IgG titers drawn, or they can be vaccinated without obtaining serology.

Their statement reads; "Measles is a serious illness and is highly infectious".

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Measles, according to the letter, is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact and through the air. The last time the state had this many measles cases was in 1991 when 65 cases were reported.

The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age.

One case was confirmed previous year in Maryland, and it involved foreign travel, officials said.

The MMR vaccine is effective within 72 hours of exposure and treatment is effective within 6 days of exposure for high-risk individuals.

From Jan. 1 to March 28, 2019, 387 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On 26 March, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock called for new legislation to force social media companies to remove content promoting false information about vaccines. After a few days, a rash begins, typically starting on the face and spreading across the body. The virus can live in droplets in the air up to two hours after an infected person has coughed or sneezed.

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