How to stay safe from the measles outbreak while traveling
An Israeli flight attendant and mother of three has died after contracting the measles in March. Here is a look at where the recent outbreaks have been and what you need to know about the disease.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the “devoted” mother had received just one of the two recommended vaccinations, leading her to become infected by a passenger in March. While Amitai is just the third fatality from measles that Israel has experienced in over a decade, her case is sparking concern in the U.S., which is experiencing its biggest outbreak since the eradication of the disease in 2000.
Here is a look at how measles is continuing to spread — and what you need to know about the epidemic overall.The outbreak has spread to 30 statesAccording to most recent data from the CDC, 1,182 people nationwide have contracted measles this year in 30 different states. Those states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.
The infection is highly contagiousThe World Health Organization (WHO) classifies measles as one of the “world’s most contagious diseases” and says that it is spread by coughing, sneezing or close personal contact with someone who is infected. The infection can remain in the air or other surfaces (such as counters or tables) for up to two hours.
The illness is marked by fever and coughTechnically known as rubeola, measles most commonly affects children and begins to show symptoms anywhere from 10 to 14 days after exposure. The hallmark symptoms of the infection — according to the Mayo Clinic — are fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes, a rash and white-blueish spots on the inside of the mouth. Those infected, according to WHO, can be contagious for four days before the rash develops and four days after it disappears.
It mostly disappears on its ownAs the illness most commonly disappears on its own in a few weeks, doctors generally recommend over-the-counter fever reducers to treat it. Children who suffer from low levels of vitamin A can be given a large dose of this to help them eradicate the infection quicker, but first talk to your child’s pediatrician about proper dosage. There is currently no treatment to get rid of the illness once it begins.
The infection can cause serious long-term effects and (in rare cases) be fatalThe CDC reports that measles can be serious in all age groups, but specifically puts children under the age of five at risk of complications. Although most individuals who contract the infection will experience a full recovery, serious complications can occur. These secondary infections include pneumonia, ear infections and encephalitis, which is a swelling of the brain that can result in convulsions, hearing loss and intellectual disability. In extremely rare cases, this can turn fatal.
Vaccines can prevent the disease’s spreadAccording to the CDC, between 2000 and 2016, the measles vaccine prevented an estimated 20.4 million deaths worldwide. In order to protect yourself from the disease, the CDC recommends getting the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine two weeks prior to traveling. Two doses of the MMR vaccines — which are recommended — provide 97 percent protection from the measles.
Unvaccinated communities are fueling the outbreakExperts have drawn a direct link between the current outbreak and vaccine resistance. As of today, more than 75 percent of the measles cases in America are linked to outbreaks in New York — which has seen a surge in unvaccinated children among certain communities. The outbreak prompted New York Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio to issue a controversial mandate requiring residents to get vaccinated.
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Israeli flight attendant dies after contracting measlesAn Israeli flight attendant and mother of three has died of the measles. Rotem Amitai, 43, died Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel. Amitai had traveled from New York to Tel Aviv a few days before developing a fever in March. So sad. Rest On! 'More than 360,000 people worldwide have contracted measles this year as of August 7, according to the World Health Organization. That data is provisional. 'In 2017, there were 110,000 measles deaths globally, mostly among children under the age of 5, according to WHO.' How terrible
Israeli Flight Attendant Dies of MeaslesLike many people her age worldwide, Amitai was vaccinated against measles as a child but received only one dose of the vaccine, CNN reported. lindajo99506371 😧😰🙏 🤔 unvaccinated?
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