1) Five cases of measles occurred in Borough Park, Brooklyn in the past month. A large number of exposures occurred in the community, and additional cases are expected to be identified.
2) Providers are reminded to consider the diagnosis of measles in clinically
compatible cases, immediately report and isolate suspect cases, and vaccinate
children and adults as needed.
Five confirmed cases of measles were reported to the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) over the past month. A large number of exposures occurred in the community and additional suspected cases are being investigated. All confirmed cases were from Borough Park, Brooklyn and were unvaccinated. Cases ranged in age from 10
months to 23 years. The index case was imported from London.
Being in the public health field these are the messages that fill my email box at work.
We can all hope that this will end at 5 cases and after all, it is only 5 out of how many millions. Yet, every unvaccinated child is vulnerable for contracting measles and as they are seeing in England, these unprotected children are getting very ill.
So what are parents to do when they believe whole heartedly in not vaccinating their children. Keep them isolated and hope they don't come in contact with someone who is coming down with the measles. Hope that when their daughters get to child bearing age they don't get measles at the same time they get pregnant. Sometimes being a parent is having to make hard decisions. Do the supposed risks of a vaccine out weigh getting the disease.
Only time will tell if we will see these few cases spread out side the city. With our globally moving society, it is a very real possibility. Lets hope it doesn't go any further.
90% of people without immunity sharing living space with an infected person will catch it.
Complications with measles are relatively common, ranging from the relatively mild and less serious ones like diarrhea to more serious ones such as pneumonia, otitis media, acute-encephalitis (Complications are usually more severe in adults who catch the virus and extremely severe for babies in utero)
FROM WIKI PEDIA:The autism-related MMR study in Britain caused use of the vaccine to plunge, and measles cases came back: 2007 saw 971 cases in England and Wales, the biggest rise in occurrence in measles cases since records began in 1995. A 2005 measles outbreak in Indiana was attributed to children whose parents refused vaccination, as was another outbreak in 2008 in San Diego.
highly contagious virus is spread by coughing and sneezing Also, even if the patient is not concerned about death from the measles, the person may spread the disease to an immunocompromised patient, for whom the risk of death is much higher, due to complications such as giant cell pneumonia.