Measles Outbreak on the Rise in New York City

Measles Outbreak on the Rise in New York City
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The Measles – it sounds like something we shouldn’t have to worry about in 2014, but unfortunately, this is no long a health issue from the past. Measles outbreaks have been on the rise in the New York area, particularly over the last few weeks. The Health Department has now confirmed 25 cases — including 12 pediatric and 13 adult patients — since February 5, 2014.

What is are the Measles?

Measles is a viral infection characterized by a generalized rash and high fever, accompanied by cough, red eyes and runny nose. The infection generally lasts for five to six days, which typically begins with a rash on the face that quickly moves down the body, and may include the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Anyone who is not vaccinated can get it at any age. Protect your health by looking for these signs and getting yourself and your children the right vaccinations.

Avoiding the Measles Vaccine May be Fatal for Children!

“Measles is highly contagious and can spread easily through the air,” said Dr. Mary Bassett, New York City’s Health Commissioner. The current epidemic spiraled out of control so fast that the department of health is asking doctors and emergency room staff to be on high alert and to being issuing additional measles vaccines. The location of all these outbreaks are spread throughout the city, ranging from Manhattan to the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Key Facts, according to the World Health Organization

  • One of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
  • In 2015, there were 134,200 deaths globally – about 367 deaths every day or 15 deaths every hour.
  • Vaccination resulted in a 79% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015 worldwide.
  • In 2015, about 85% of the world’s children received one dose of the vaccine by their first birthday through routine health services – up from 73% in 2000.
  • During 2000-2015, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 20.3 million deaths making this vaccine one of the best buys in public health.

Risk Factors

If you have not received the measles vaccination, you are at a greater risk to catch this infection. Traveling to countries/continents where the measles is more common, including Africa, puts you at a higher risk of developing this condition, as well.

The Mayo Clinic reports, “If you do not have enough Vitamin A in your diet, you’re more likely to contract measles and to have more severe symptoms.” According to Harvard’s School of Public Health, Vitamin A stimulates the production and activity of white blood cells, takes park in remodeling bone, helps maintain the health of endothelial cells (those lining the body’s interior surfaces), and regulates cell growth and division.

What do you think about this outbreak? Have you got your kids the measles vaccine? Share your feedback in the comments!



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