Measles case confirmed in New Mexico

Grant Boone
May 21, 2019

State health authorities say a 1-year-old child is the first person to have measles in New Mexico in over four years.

"We can't ignore it", Rhodes said.

This is a timely reminder for individuals to check their vaccination records.

Measles was once common but gradually became rare after a vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s.

The health department says individuals who were at those locations during those time periods should monitor themselves for signs of measles 21 days after exposure and consult their healthcare provider if they have not been vaccinated or are unsure of their vaccination status. It is not related to the Southeast Michigan outbreak, according to the health department. But they have been jumping since then, with the worst happening right now.

This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported. If the virus spreads to multiple employees, it could mean a workplace shutdown.

The infection is highly contagious and can be especially risky for young children.

No deaths have been reported this year, but 66 patients were hospitalized.

As per latest figures released by Center for Disease Control and Prevention released on 26 April, there have been 736 confirmed cases of mumps across United States this year. But CDC said that travelers from countries where the virus remain a top concern contribute to USA measles outbreak. That includes the largest outbreaks in NY.

They begin with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads over the body. A very small fraction of those infected can suffer complications such as pneumonia and a unsafe swelling of the brain.

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A study warned that current vaccination policies are "not sufficient" to prevent a deadly resurgence of the disease in the next three decades. Oklahoma requires all kindergartners to be vaccinated for several diseases, including measles.

Nationally, officials have said more than 760 cases have been reported as of last Thursday. Rockland County is around 40 miles north of New York City.

She said: "Many students will register with a new GP when they move out to attend university".

One of the main problems in the developed world is that people have forgotten how serious measles can be.

It's been more than 25 years since those kinds of measures were taken against measles, Schwartz said.

But, Rhodes said, it's an issue that employers should be thinking about, too.

Anyone in the following places during the listed times could have also been exposed to measles.

"Nobody knows how far this will go", he said.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said that vaccine deniers - known as antivaxxers - are risking a "public health timebomb".

Indeed, a judge struck down the initial emergency order. Officials in Vancouver, Washington, declared an end Monday to a measles outbreak that began in January but apparently stopped at 71 cases a month ago. "To wait is a recipe for medical disaster".

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