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82 children infected in measles outbreak in Ohio

82 children infected in measles outbreak in Ohio

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Measles epidemic in the center Ohio has already infected 82 children – hospitalized 32 – as experts fear the virus, once defeated, will re-emerge.

Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, the state’s largest city, confirmed the infections and said 74 of the infected children were not vaccinated against measles — and four were only partially vaccinated. Almost all those infected are under the age of five.

Although it was once one of the most dangerous infections in the world, deaths from measles have decreased significantly since the introduction of an effective vaccine in 1968. In 2000, the United States considered it eliminated as an endemic infection.

However, the Covid pandemic has reduced vaccination rates worldwide. Experts fear that this decline in immunity will allow these once-defeated viruses to return to the developed world. Earlier this year, new York recorded in the USA the first confirmed case of polio after more than a decade.

Authorities in central Ohio have reported 82 cases of measles this year, 32 of which required hospitalization. There have been no deaths associated with this outbreak

The majority of these cases were among unvaccinated children, with 90 percent unvaccinated and five percent only partially vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Columbus officials first confirmed the measles outbreak in November — when there were 24 cases.

At the time, researchers linked the outbreak to nine daycare facilities and two pediatric hospitals in the area.

As of its latest update Tuesday morning, the city now reports 82 cases in both Columbus itself and surrounding areas.

Just under half, 32, of the cases required hospitalization. There have been no deaths linked to the outbreak yet.

The CDC estimates that 130,000 people die from measles worldwide each year, although deaths in the states are rare. Up to two in every 1,000 infected die.

“We are working diligently with the cases to identify any potential exposures and notify people who have been exposed,” said Dr. Mysheika Roberts, commissioner of Columbus Public Health, in a Nov. 9 statement.

“The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from measles is to get vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is safe and very effective.”

The MMR vaccine is a three-in-one injection that protects against three potentially deadly conditions – measles, mumps and rubella.

A child should receive their first jab between the ages of 12 and 15 months. The first injection alone is 93 percent effective against infection.

They should receive a second dose between the ages of four and six, raising their protection against the virus to 97 percent.

However, many of the infected children have not received the vaccine, leaving them vulnerable to the disease.

The majority of children infected in this outbreak are under the age of two, officials said

“Measles is both highly contagious and preventable,” said Joe Mazzola, health commissioner for Franklin County, which includes Columbus.

“This can be a serious illness, so we strongly encourage anyone who has not been vaccinated to get vaccinated to prevent further spread.”

This epidemic has so far mostly affected young children. Authorities reported 23 infections in children under one year old and 36 among those aged one or two.

CDC issues ’emergency’ alert for Strep A as infection continues to spread across US

Top US officials have issued a warning about an outbreak of strep A in America, a sign that officials are worried the bacterial infection will continue to rise in the coming months.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an emergency advisory on Thursday notifying doctors and public health authorities of the situation.

America has experienced two confirmed strep deaths as part of this outbreak, both in Denver, Colorado. Doctors at hospitals in at least six states have given anecdotal reports that cases of infection have increased this year.

The CDC does not track Strep A nationally, so it is impossible to know daily case numbers. Across the pond, 21 children have died from the disease in the UK – and US officials fear this epidemic will reach the same levels in the States.

Only five of the cases were in children over the age of six. No infections have yet been reported in adults.

The first symptoms of measles often appear a week after a person is infected.

The sick person often experiences high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes.

Over the following days, the virus causes a rash that can spread all over a person’s face, neck, arms, legs, and feet.

Unlike many other rashes, spots caused by measles usually do not hurt or itch.

An infected person may also experience the development of small white spots. Young children, the immunocompromised and the elderly are most at risk.

Measles first became known in the United States in the early 1900s, and in 1912 it was declared a nationally notifiable disease by federal authorities.

The virus killed about 6,000 Americans each year before scientists first developed a vaccine in 1963.

Since then, measles rates in the U.S. have declined, and successful vaccine campaigns have all but eliminated it as a regular threat to Americans.

In 2000, US authorities declared that the virus had been eliminated from the US population.

However, it sometimes occurs in America. While 90 percent of the population is vaccinated by age two, according to the CDC, the remaining unvaccinated people are vulnerable.

In 2019, the largest measles outbreak in decades hit the nation with 1,274 confirmed infections in 31 states.

This outbreak may be related to the COVID-19 lockdown and other pandemic measures that have disrupted medical treatment for the past two years.

The World Health Organization warned in July that the pandemic had created a global “backlash” in vaccinations around the world.

Officials now fear that rare but dangerous viruses such as measles could cause a worldwide resurgence.

Over the summer, the US reported its first case of polio in more than a decade just outside New York.

Although only one case was confirmed, the sewage data showed that there were probably thousands more that went undetected.

Some have also warned that the anti-vax movement, fueled by the backlash against Covid vaccines, has also left many young children vulnerable.


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