About 118 people were reported to have been infected with measles all over the United States. While the number doesn’t seem like, doctors are now issuing out a warning that is getting everyone alarmed. It is number that the number of measles this year might even be higher than that of last year.
According to reports from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 states are currently being affected by the outbreak. As a result of this, the CDS is keeping a close eye on these states. The states so far affected are: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington – and the District of Columbia.
A CNN report concerning the state of the measles outbreak in the nation provides the following information for those who know little about the disease: “Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks.
Yet one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the CDC. ”
Symptoms of measles don’t appear immediately. usually, a patient does not begin to show signs of infection until about 9 to 11 days after initial infection. After the appearance of the initial symptoms of this disease, it is also possible that a red rash appears. This red rash may even spread to other parts of the body as well.
While Measles is not always fatal, certain complications might arise as a result of infection. Complications usually associated with measles include diarrhea, Vomiting, eye and respiratory tract infections, difficulty breathing, ear infections (leading to a permanent hearing loss in some cases) and even seizures.
Patients with the weak immune system due to diseases like HIV, AIDS, and Leukemia are usually the most susceptible to complications as a result of measles. Others at risk of suffering complications include infants and adults over the age of 20.
While there is currently no specific treatment for an outbreak of measles, especially if there are no complications, doctors will usually recommend bed rest for patients. It is also usually advised that patients take lots of water and other fluids to prevent dehydration. In a case where complications arise, medication can be prescribed to treat certain specific complications.
Also while, antibiotics are ineffective against the virus, when additional bacterial infections develop, antibiotics can be administered.
The state of Texas Is currently the most affected by the current outbreak in the United States. With a contagious disease like measles, the general warning is that parents should be more cautious about whether they are living in an affected state or not. The disease is highly contagious and everyone who isn’t vaccinated against it is at a higher risk of being infected.
For patients already suffering from Pneumonia, a case of measles can be quite fatal.
The issue of vaccination has been wildly politicized in the united states, but despite the huge debate surrounding it, doctors are urging parents to get their children vaccinated against the virus which is the only sure way of preventing an infection and keep their children safe since it is almost impossible to prevent child-to-child interaction which is the only other possible alternative in cases of infectious disease outbreak like this.