Isolated child misdiagnosed
State health officials announce a misdiagnosis of measles in a child patient isolated at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. The misdiagnosis leads to people receiving vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella. Department of Public Health:
It is important that Public Health authorities at all levels respond immediately to suspected measles to carry initial diagnostic testing, consult with the CDC, and institute control measures that can prevent a serious outbreak.
Poll: vaccinations beneficial
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital polls 1416 parents and show more parents find vaccines to be beneficial and safe in response to measles outbreaks. One third of parents say they think vaccines have more benefit than they did a year ago, according to a poll conducted in May. That’s compared to the 5 percent of parents who said they now think vaccines have fewer benefits and 61 percent who think the benefits are the same. Vaccine safety also got a boost, with 25 percent of parents saying they believe vaccines are safer than they thought a year ago, compared to 7 percent of parents who think they’re less safe. Sixty-eight percent didn’t change their minds.
First measles death in 12 years
Health authorities confirm death of a woman due to measles-induced pneumonia, in Clallam County, Washington. The link is not spotted until a post-mortem examination because the woman lacked some common symptoms, such as a rash. The woman had been hospitalised for several health conditions in the spring and was on medication that had weakened her immune system. An autopsy concludes the cause of death is pneumonia due to measles. Washington officials say her death is not linked to Disneyland incident.
This tragic situation illustrates the importance of immunising as many people as possible to provide a high level of community protection against measles.
Utah vaccination recommended
Utah Department of Heath follows up with 200 potential cases of measles that may have come into contact with the two youth cases in Utah. Department Health Educator Becky Ward recommends vaccination to prevent larger cases as the virus may infect other individuals during the 10-12 days prior to visible symptoms.
Often people feel good enough to be out and about, and that is what we don’t want. Spread is possible, and public health officials are trying to reduce that to zero if we can. Make sure you’re vaccinated. Measles can kill, and it did before the vaccine came along. It can cause brain inflammation and seizures, among other things. It’s a very serious disease, and this is a good reminder for people to get vaccinated.
First nine cases confirmed
California Department of Health confirms nine cases of measles from unvaccinated visitors who contracted the disease in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Orange County, California from December 15 to December 20. The department confirms seven cases treated in California and two cases treated in Utah, and urges people to contact health care providers if they experience symptoms of fever, cough, runny nose, and red rashes.