WHO and CDC declare measles an imminent global threat

WHO and CDC declare measles an imminent global threat

WHO and CDC declare measles an imminent global threat

A combined report from two major public health bodies has declared measles an “eminent threat” to the global community.

Published on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) fear that a record drop in measles vaccination rates and persistent large outbreaks mean the respiratory virus is “an imminent threat in every region of the world”.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was “absolutely critical” to get immunization programs back on track to avoid what he called “preventable disease”.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that vaccinations are the most important factor in reducing the risk of measles.
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“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against Covid-19 have been developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programs have been severely disrupted and millions of children have missed out on life-saving vaccines against deadly diseases like measles. said dr. Ghebreyesus.

According to the WHO, India, Somalia and Yemen are the three countries with the highest measles epidemics.

Although measles is considered to be one of the most contagious viruses, the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine given in childhood is considered the best defense for reducing future outbreaks.

In Australia, filming is free for children aged 12 to 18 months. People under 20, refugees and humanitarian organizations may also be eligible for a catch-up vaccine.

The CDC states that nine out of 10 people who are not vaccinated against the disease will become infected after exposure.

WHO and CDC declare measles an imminent global threat
A child is given a vaccine after a measles outbreak in India, November 23, 2022.
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The virus is transmitted by water droplets that are released when infected people sneeze and cough. Common symptoms include fever, cold-like symptoms, conjunctivitis, and a red and blotchy rash that first appears around the face and hairline before spreading throughout the body.

A characteristic rash usually appears three to four days after the initial symptoms develop.

Last week, visitors traveling through Melbourne Airport were asked to monitor for symptoms until Saturday, December 3.

There have been three confirmed cases in a family that traveled to Melbourne from Singaporewhich brings the total number of confirmed cases in 2022 to five.

The passengers boarded Qantas flight QF36/Emirates flight EK5036 in Singapore on Monday and landed at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport at around 6.10am on Tuesday. They were reportedly at the airport by 8:40 am.

Victoria’s deputy chief health officer Deborah Friedman urged people who developed symptoms to seek medical attention, wear a mask and call ahead to ensure they can be isolated from others.

A vial of measles/rubella vaccine.
A vial of measles/rubella vaccine.
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She said young children and adults with weakened immune systems are most at risk of serious illness.

“Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that spreads rapidly through close contact, especially among those who are not fully vaccinated,” Ms Friedman said.

This comes after NSW reported its first case of measles in two years in September this year. A person in his 50s was infected after traveling to Asia and developed symptoms after returning to Sydney.

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