Measles Outbreak In Dublin Confirmed

A woman receives a measles mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona N.Y. Wednesday

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services said Friday it has confirmed five more cases, bringing the state total to 39 this year. The individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years.

Townsville Public Health Unit director Steven Donohue said people who may have been exposed to the latest cases were being contacted.

"This is a great example of a public health success story".

Day said only 72.9 per cent of people under 18 have been vaccinated against measles in Rockland County, which has more than 300,000 residents.

According to the CDC, two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles, and one dose is about 93 percent effective.

Those with symptoms should not go to school or work and they should call their doctor before going to avoid potentially infecting others. While death rates have been falling worldwide as more children receive the measles vaccine, the disease still kills more than 100,000 people a year, most under the age of 5. Adults without documentation of prior measles vaccination or immunity to measles can have measles IgG titers drawn, or they can be vaccinated without obtaining serology.

Measles is highly contagious. No other vaccines will be available at the clinic.

Those who never had the measles infection - or who did not have two doses of vaccine - are at highest risk of measles, and Island Health encourages them to get fully immunized.

It wasn't until vaccinations were developed and improved that the disease was declared eliminated in 2000 "thanks to a highly effective vaccination program in the United States, as well as better measles control in the Americas region", the CDC reported.

The MDHHS says there have been 387 cases of measles confirmed in 15 states.

The rash begins on the face as flat, red spots and spreads down the neck and trunk to the rest of the body.

On 26 March, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock called for new legislation to force social media companies to remove content promoting false information about vaccines.

The measles virus spreads readily to unvaccinated people through coughing, sneezing and mouth secretions, officials said.

Measles symptoms typically develop 10-14 days after exposure to the virus but can develop as soon as seven days and as long as 21 days after exposure.

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