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News : Unvaccinated Northwest Missouri Infant Contracts Measles
Posted by Randy on 2014/5/15 4:55:01 (428 reads) News by the same author

KANSAS CITY (AP) - An unvaccinated northwest Missouri infant has been diagnosed with measles after the family returned from traveling abroad.
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The Kansas City Star reports Clay County health officials say the baby - who does not attend day care - was treated at an area hospital and released, and family members are being vaccinated.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that is rare in the U.S. So far this year there have been 187 cases reported in 17 states, including Missouri.

Symptoms of measles include fever, rash, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

Before measles immunization was available, nearly everyone in the U.S. got measles. An average of 450 measles-associated deaths were reported each year between 1953 and 1963.

In the U.S., up to 20 percent of persons with measles are hospitalized. Seventeen percent of measles cases have had one or more complications, such as ear infections, pneumonia, or diarrhea. Pneumonia is present in about six percent of cases and accounts for most of the measles deaths. Although less common, some persons with measles develop encephalitis (swelling of the lining of the brain), resulting in brain damage.

As many as three of every 1,000 persons with measles will die in the U.S. In the developing world, the rate is much higher, with death occurring in about one of every 100 persons with measles.

Measles is one of the most infectious diseases in the world and is frequently imported into the U.S. In the period 1997-2000, most cases were associated with international visitors or U.S. residents who were exposed to the measles virus while traveling abroad. More than 90 percent of people who are not immune will get measles if they are exposed to the virus.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 900,000 measles-related deaths occurred among persons in developing countries in 1999. In populations that are not immune to measles, measles spreads rapidly. If vaccinations were stopped, each year about 2.7 million measles deaths worldwide could be expected.

In the U.S., widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99 percent reduction in measles compared with the pre-vaccine era. If we stopped immunization, measles would increase to pre-vaccine levels.

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