Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Flight attendant in coma with measles

Flight attendant in coma with measles

Measles cases skyrocketed by 300-percent in the first three months of 2019, according to the World Health Organization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's due to the anti-vaccination movement. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 555 confirmed cases of measles in 20 USA states...and that's just from January 1 to April 11, 2019. The report comes as the country is grappling with a steep increase in the disease, centered on NY communities with low rates of vaccinations.

Measles is an acute, highly contagious and viral disease, according to the Department of Health.

In 2000 - nearly four decades after parents began vaccinating their children - measles was declared eliminated in the United States, according to CDC data. The outbreak began last October when an unvaccinated child from the New York City area traveled to Israel and contracted the disease.

Officials did not say where the case was reported and they did not give any information on the patient.

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Symptoms of measles tend to appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected. Kennedy Airport to Tel Aviv on March 26 and the Health Ministry advised all travelers on that flight to immediately seek medical care if they develop symptoms of the measles. A titer test is a blood test that checks for the presence of certain antibodies in the blood stream to determine whether you're immune to a specific disease, such as measles.

As Dr Pierre Weicherding from the ministry's sanitary inspection unit explains, measles is one of the most unsafe children's diseases worldwide and is highly infectious. The community clinics are "redoubling" efforts to vaccinate children, who get a first dose around year 1 and a second at 6 years of age. People with underlying health conditions should discuss with their health care provider to determine the need for additional booster doses.

The measles can be especially risky for children.

Likewise, those who received the "killed" or inactivated version of the measles vaccine that was proven as not effective or those who don't know what kind of vaccine did they receive in the 1960s should be reimmunized.

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