Study: Countries most affected by Ebola outbreak may soon have 100,000 more measles cases
NEWS MEDICAL - An international study involving the University of Southampton suggests there could be a rise in measles cases of 100,000 across the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa due to health system disruptions.
The research in the journal Science, led by Princeton and Johns Hopkins University in the USA, predicts that the size of a measles outbreak will increase from 127,000 at the start of the Ebola epidemic in early 2014, to 227,000 after 18 months of the outbreak. This would result in an additional 5,000 measles deaths, and potentially as many as 16,000 - double the number of reported Ebola deaths. Both increases are due to an interruption in the childhood immunisation programmes of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, due to huge demands placed on their healthcare systems.
A team of researchers from the US and UK used sophisticated modelling techniques to project the likely spread of measles - taking into account factors such as, birth rates, infection susceptibility and population rates. read more...
Measles Virus Continues to Cause Worry
Anxiety continues to spread over the Measles outbreak that started at a Disneyland Park in December. The virus hit two more people overnight Thursday night bringing the count to 90 confirmed cases by the CDC. So far 14 states and Mexico have all been hit by the outbreak. Parents are rushing their kids to the doctor’s office in hopes of getting them vaccinated before they are exposed to it.
ConsolidateTimes.com | ANAHEIM, CALIF. As the measles outbreak spread last month, Disneyland executives sent a series of emails to California health officials asking them to emphasize that the theme park was not responsible for the illnesses and was safe to visit, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.
There is no evidence Disneyland — or health officials, who incorporated at least some of the theme park’s suggestions — tried to downplay the seriousness of the outbreak or mislead the public. Nor is it unusual for companies to try to get public officials’ ear during a crisis.
But the email exchange pulls back the curtain on what can be a delicate process. And it shows Disneyland’s concern about the disease’s potential harm to “The Happiest Place on Earth” even as the theme park worked with health authorities to alert the public to the danger.
I've Seen A Measles Outbreak; It's Not Something We Want To Risk By Denigrating Vaccines
Forbes.com - I last witnessed a measles outbreak in 2011. Thousands were sick with high fevers, dry cough, and a spreading rash. Three quarters of the ill were children under five years old, and the disease was spreading rapidly. Once the outbreak began, immunization response strategies could barely keep up. It took months before even the hospitalized pediatric patients were all vaccinated.
Back then I was in the Dadaab refugee camp, near the border of Kenya and Somalia. I’m horrified to think we are courting a similar outbreak in America.
In the United States, before 1963, there were 400,000 cases of measles per year. One thousand of those children developed measles encephalitis, a serious brain infection, and often subsequent permanent disability. An estimated 400-500 of those children died, and many who lived were plagued with permanent disabilities including deafness.
In 2000, the U.S. had no measles cases. One of the most infectious diseases was eradicated by one of the most effective vaccines we have. The measles vaccine, which is 95% effective after one dose, decreased incidence of the measles in this country by 99%. Thanks to vaccine science, we had achieved a monumental public health milestone. read more...
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Measles outbreak examined
WKTV.com NBC - A panel of lawmakers will ask the nation's top health experts why measles is spreading so fast -and what we can do to stop it. The CDC tells us what started in Disneyland has now spread to Washington D.C. and 17 states - including here on the East Coast. The CDC is now tracking 121 cases of measles across the U.S. Most, but not all of them, are connected to Disneyland. Measles is now in the northeast: New Jersey, Delaware - and the Nation's Capital. "Measles is literally a plane ride away," says Dr. Anne Schuchat, the Director of the National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases Director. That's Dr. Anne Schuchat from the CDC. She testifies today... Along with a pediatrician whose letter went viral. His kids were exposed at Disney but cannot be vaccinated. read more...
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Doctors Warn Against Revival of "Measles Parties"
Doctors are warning parents against reviving “measles parties” intended to expose children to the disease at a gathering with at least one infected person.
Brietbart.com - The parties ostensibly help children build immunity against the disease and are used instead of vaccinating or leaving exposure up to chance. Such practices have been discouraged despite similar events such as “pox parties” which expose children to chickenpox for the purpose of building immunity.
“CDPH strongly recommends against the intentional exposure of children to measles as it unnecessarily places the exposed children at potentially grave risk and could contribute to further spread of the outbreak,” Dr. Gil Chavez of the CDPH said in a statement reported by CBS Los Angeles.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “Measles can be serious, especially for children younger than 5 years old. It can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death.” read more...
Massachusetts braces for measles after outbreak at Disneyland
BoronHerald.com - Doctors and public health officials are girding for the possible arrival of measles in Massachusetts, as an outbreak that originated in California’s Disneyland moves swiftly across the country and sparks renewed alarm over a nearly conquered illness.
State and city public health authorities have circulated alerts urging health workers, many of whom have never treated a case of measles, to be vigilant for its symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and rash) and to isolate any patient who may have the virus.
“I think we’re all worried,” said Dr. Lawrence Madoff, director of the epidemiology and immunization division at the state Department of Public Health. “It would not surprise me to see a case in Massachusetts.”
The Disneyland outbreak has sickened 102 people, including one in New York, which borders Massachusetts, and seven in Arizona, where the Super Bowl was held last weekend.
The outbreak has raised widespread concerns because people from all over the country and the world visit the Southern California amusement park, extending the virus’s potential spread at a time when an increasing number of people are shunning the measles vaccine. read more...
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Measles: What You Need To Know
There were more than 100 reported cases of measles in the U.S. last month, and reports of more cases in Chicago and New Jersey. We speak with two infectious disease pediatricians about the ins and outs of the disease.
NewYorkDailyNews.com - With more than 100 reported measles cases across the U.S. as of January and a possible case in Jersey City, the infection is again coming to the forefront of Americans’ consciousness.
The once common childhood disease was all but eradicated in the U.S., but thanks to an anti-vaccination movement, measles is back, leaving a lot of questions for a new generation facing it. We spoke to two New York infectious disease physicians to clear some questions up.
What is measles and who can catch it?
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is transferred through the air — through a cough or a sneeze — and can survive on surfaces for up to several hours. Once a common but serious childhood disease, it was all but eradicated in the U.S. in the 1960s after a vaccine was invented.
Anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated can catch the disease. Usually, symptoms start manifesting 4 to 14 days after a person is infected with high fever, cough, runny nose, and red rashes all over the body.
It can be particularly bad for young children, according to Dr. Nathan Litman, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. If children are taken to the hospital because of measles, they can also get secondary infections like pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). read more...