Measles Outbreak Means Symptom Awareness

MeaslesA measles outbreak in New York means it is important to be aware of the symptoms. The Bronx and Manhattan have seen 16 people infected with measles. The city Health Department said that out of those 16 cases, seven were adults and nine were children.  Four of these individuals have been hospitalized.

The specific neighborhoods in Manhattan that are seeing the outbreaks are Inwood Hill Park, Hudson Heights, and  Washington Heights. The Bronx neighborhoods experiencing an outbreak are Melrose and Mount Hope. Residents in Inwood Hill felt that they were not informed of the outbreaks in a timely manner.

Dr. Jay Varma, deputy health commissioner, said, “Of the cases that have occurred in kids, most of them have been in kids that were too young to be vaccinated. But we’ve also seen two cases that have occurred in people whose parents refused to have their children be vaccinated.” Varma stressed the importance of vaccines saying, “If you are a parent and you have a child who is eligible for the measles vaccine, that means they’re at least one year of age or older, you should make sure they get vaccinated immediately.”

Investigators are still trying to pin down where the outbreak originated. The adults who are infected are aged 22 to 63. Officials are urging that immediate medical attention be received if an individual is displaying symptoms of measles. Officials are also working with hospitals in order to prevent spreading of the disease in emergency rooms.

Though measles typically goes away on its own, it can cause serious complications. These complications include miscarriage, brain inflammation, and death. With such a serious disease, and an alarming outbreak, it means that it is important to be aware of measles symptoms.

Generally, measles start with a sore throat, runny nose, cough, red eyes (conjunctivitis), and a mild or moderate fever. The individual may also feel tired or run down. Koplik’s spots, which are tiny white spots that have a bluish center, may appear in the mouth around two or three days after the onset of symptoms. The blotchy rash, which is red or reddish-brown, typically appears three to five days after symptoms begin. Normally the rash will begin on the face of the infected individual, around the hairline. The rash then spreads, descending to the neck, the trunk, the arms, onto the legs, and finally onto the feet. Measles typically last for a few days, ending when the fever goes down and the rash diminishes.

Because there is not a specific treatment, measles has to run its course. It is still important to seek medical attention if an individual is experiencing any of the symptoms, or if it is suspected that an individual has come into contact with an infected person. Bed rest, using a humidifier, and taking acetaminophen might be helpful. Doctors may recommend Vitamin A supplements for children diagnosed with measles.

Nancy Levcel, resident in Parkchester, NY, remembers what it felt like to have the measles. “It felt like a fever, you got very itchy, and all of these little bumps were all over your body. It was a lot of pain,” she explained. “It lasted like a month or two.”

This current measles outbreak means that one must have an awareness of symptoms. Seek immediate medical attention if displaying symptoms of measles. Again, vaccination can help prevent measles, so consider that as a possibility for adults and children who are not vaccinated.

By Ashley Campbell


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3 Responses to "Measles Outbreak Means Symptom Awareness"

  1. Stacey b   March 9, 2014 at 6:42 am

    isn’t it a shame that Jenny McCarthy is willing to tell us about her research she has done as apposed to the doctors who won’t tell us any informationblame besides we need it don’t blame Jenny. blame doctors who don’t do their homework

  2. Mary   March 9, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Parents who do not immunize their children are relying on false research that is now withdrawn because a doctor in England made it up. Measles kills children, especially. babies.These babies getting measles are very vulnerable to brain damage and death. In an outbreak, babies as young as 6 to 9 months can be immunized. The older ones whose parents refuse shots and get measles can also get encephalitis and brain damage or die. Measles is very contagious, just being in a room with someone wit measles can spread it.

    People making up lies to tell you to not get immunized such as Jenny McCarthy have blood of children on their hands, when these same children get measles and damaged. There are plenty of people making money om people like you, selling false information and “cures”. She made a career on the backs of children getting sick and dying. Can you sue her? No, just watch her stupidity on TV, while she pockets millions.

    From the World Health Organization website:
    “Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
    In 2012, there were 122 000 measles deaths globally – about 330 deaths every day or 14 deaths every hour.
    Measles vaccination resulted in a 78% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2012 worldwide”.

  3. ascpghac   March 9, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Thank you Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carey for reducing the science of vaccination and pediatric primary care to the incisive level of a check aisle tabloid.

    Your inappropriate influence from an illegitimate bully pulpit has had a measurable effect on an audience easily swayed by your stardom, regardless of science, data, research or deaths.

    Here it is, happening in a populated area, just as the description of the breaking point herd immunity said. Now the more reasonable hold outs are behind a real threat as they realize the risk of placing a bet with their children as the ante by not immunizing them.

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