Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Measles confirmed in Tennessee

Measles confirmed in Tennessee

They say that the case is connected to the first reported case in the state. The Iowa Department of Health says that the situation is contained, but concerns are growing about possible outbreaks elsewhere.

A second measles case is being confirmed in northeast Iowa. However, it serves as a reminder for all Iowans to ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date. People who had the two-dose MMR vaccines are said to be protected against measles for life with 97 percent efficacy.

Today, however, the United States and many other countries that had also eliminated the disease are experiencing concerning outbreaks of measles because of declines in measles vaccine coverage.

As you are likely aware, NY and other areas are now facing a measles outbreak affecting the Jewish community in particular.

Symptoms may include: fever, runny nose, body aches, watery eyes and white spots in the mouth and is typically accompanied by a red, spotty rash that begins on the face and spreads over the body.

The report says that the woman only had one measles vaccine as a child, when two are recommended. However, for infants, people with immune deficiencies, and other vulnerable populations, the consequences of a measles infection can be severe. That person was also unvaccinated and had recently returned from Israel.

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

But in recent years, amid worldwide measles outbreaks and an anti-vaccine movement - sustained, in part, by fraudulent research that purported to show a link between autism and a preservative used in vaccines - the numbers have spiked.

Experts continue to encourage the vaccination of children and adults to prevent the further spread of measles.

Over the past three months, according to the CDC, 555 measles cases have been reported in 20 states.

Over the a year ago, the largest numbers have been in Ukraine, Madagascar and India, with each reporting more than 60,000 cases. Spring travel and attending large-scale events, especially in places with ongoing outbreaks, can increase your chances of exposure to measles.

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