Officials Blame Misinformation for Measles Outbreak in the U.S.
Health officials are blaming misinformation for the worst measles outbreak to be recorded in the U.S. in more than 25 years, with over 1,000 reported cases.
About the Measles Outbreak
According to Reuters, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is blaming misinformation and parents who are refusing to vaccinate their children for the sudden measles outbreak.
Measles had been effectively eliminated in the U.S. until recent years when the belief that vaccines can cause autism began to spread. Now many parents have stopped vaccinating their children, despite the fact that health officials have assured them that vaccines are safe.
The CDC asks parents to ignore these rumors and get their children vaccinated to prevent the outbreak from spreading farther.
1 in 5 people in the U.S. infected with measles will be hospitalized.
1 in every 1,000 patients will develop brain swelling, possibly resulting in brain damage.
About 3 in every 1,000 patients will die, even with the best care.
Measles Is Very Contagious
If one person is infected, up to 90% of people around him or her will also become infected if not protected.
Measles is spread through the air through coughs and sneezes.
Measles can linger in a room for up to two hours after the infected person has left.
You Have the Power to Protect Your Child
MMR vaccines are long lasting, and your child will need two doses for best protection:
First dose at 12 to 15 months.
Second dose at 4 to 6 years.
Symptoms of Measles Infection
The following are symptoms of measles infection:
7-14 Days After Infection
Red and watery eyes
2-3 Days After Initial Symptoms Begin
Koplik spots. These are tiny white spots that may appear inside the mouth two or three days after symptoms begin.
3-5 Days After Initial Symptoms Begin
Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots.
The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body.
When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.
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