Alabama confirms case of measles

Alabama confirms case of measles

There is a vaccine, the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, that prevents measles from coming forward as a disease, that's how it was declared eliminated in 2000, with only a few isolated cases here or there.

US public health officials declared measles eliminated in 2000, meaning the disease was no longer a constant presence in the country.

The Ministry of Health stressed that while there has been no measles outbreak in Barbados, with the last known case recorded in 1990, there have been reports of outbreaks in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Americas. Hence everyone, including persons who cannot recall getting the vaccine, can go to the nearest health clinic and get vaccinated again in order to avoid contracting Measles. This is the highest number of cases in the country in a single year since 1994 when 963 cases of measles occurred.

According to the CDC, individuals who have two doses of the MMR vaccine have a 97 percent immunity rate against measles and 88 percent against mumps compared to those with one dose.

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has asked the Attorney General to examine whether it would be legal to introduce mandatory vaccination for children attending schools or crèches.

Two colleges, University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Los Angeles, have been affected by the measles and have had to quarantine students and faculty that had been at the school during the time the infected students were there. If someone who is not immune to the virus breathes the air or touches an infected surface, they can become infected, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It mainly infects children, causing a red spotted rash and fevers as high as 104 degrees, but it can also infect adults.

Current CDC recommendations, issued in 1989, call for two doses of the MMR vaccine - the first given when a child is between 12 and 15 months old and the second between 4 and 6 years. Some people may develop blue-white spots on the insides of their mouths. He added that it's not the norm because the vaccine may not be as effective on babies younger than a year old than it is on everyone else. That includes dozens of people who contracted measles while traveling internationally, triggering outbreaks among mostly unvaccinated people.

Audrey Peine, the mother of the child who contracted measles, took to Facebook Thursday to warn those who don't get their children vaccinated.

State health officials are still investigating the Alabama case and if any people were exposed while the child was contagious.

There have been at least five reported cases in the Pittsburgh area, which are not included in the most recent CDC report.

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