Measles outbreak in New Zealand’s Canterbury widens to 20

Measles outbreak in New Zealand's Canterbury widens to 20

Measles outbreak in New Zealand's Canterbury widens to 20

The Canterbury district health board said in a statement, "Unimmunized people who come within two meters of an infectious person, however briefly, have a 90% chance of contracting measles".

Health officials in Jefferson County are trying to find people who may have come in contact with a person there who has caught measles. As of the early 2000's, Measles was thought to have been eradicated from the United States, but in recent years as people are less concerned about the disease some people are opting out of the vaccine, which leads to pockets of the country where the disease can re-appear and spread rapidly.

Health Minister Dr David Clark said the number of measles cases was expected to rise and people needed to ensure their vaccinations were up to date.

Measles is a serious rash illness and can usually include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes.

Immunization is the only sure way to avoid getting measles. "Remind people to vaccinate even if they are over 18".

Data from 2018 shows that 10% of cases are between 6 and 15 years of age, whereas 15% are between 16 and 30 years of age. Former British doctor Andrew Wakefield lost his medical license claiming false information about the MMR vaccine causing autism.

"Given their higher risk, our focus over the short term is to provide MMR immunisations to those under 29 years who are not fully vaccinated", Pink said.

Babies whose mother is immune will have some protection if they are now being breastfed.

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

"Experts agree that between 92 percent and 95 percent of children should receive two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to maintain herd immunity against measles", Franks said. Calls made to general practices after hours will be answered by a nurse who will advise you what to do and where to go if you need to be seen. However, that is putting peoples lives and health at risk.

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