In a joint report from two major public health bodies, measles has been declared the “outstanding threat” to the global community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) feared that record declines in measles vaccination rates and persistent large outbreaks mean the respiratory virus is an “imminent threat in all regions of the world,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday. World”.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was “absolutely important” that immunization programs be purchased on time to avoid what he called a “preventable disease”.
“The paradox of the pandemic is that although Covid-19 vaccines were developed in record time and rolled out in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programs have been severely disrupted and millions of children have missed life-saving shots against such deadly diseases. like measles. said Dr. Ghebreyesus.
According to WHO, India, Somalia and Yemen are the three countries with the largest measles outbreak.
most contagious virus
Although measles is considered to be one of the most contagious viruses, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines given in childhood are considered the best protection against future outbreaks.
In Australia, the vaccine is free for children aged 12 to 18 months. Persons under the age of 20, refugees and persons arriving for humanitarian reasons may also be eligible for a catch-up vaccine.
The CDC states that nine out of 10 people not vaccinated against the disease will become infected if they become infected.
The virus is transmitted through droplets of water released during sneezing and coughing of infected people. Common symptoms include fever, cold symptoms, conjunctivitis, and a red and patchy rash that first appears around the face and hairline and then spreads to other parts of the body.
The characteristic rash usually appears three to four days after the onset of the first symptoms.
5 cases reported in Australia
Last week, visitors who traveled through Melbourne Airport were asked to watch for symptoms until Saturday, December 3rd.
Three confirmed cases were in a family traveling to Melbourne from Singapore.bringing the total number of confirmed cases in 2022 to five.
Passengers boarded Qantas Flight QF36/Emirates Flight EK5036 in Singapore on Monday and landed at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport on Tuesday around 6:10 am. They were reportedly at the airport until 8:40 am.
Victoria’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Deborah Friedman urged people who develop symptoms to seek medical attention, wear a mask and call ahead to ensure they can be isolated from others.
She said young children and adults with weakened immune systems are most at risk for 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 New South Wales reported its first case of measles in two years in September this year. A man in his 50s became infected after traveling to Asia and developed symptoms after returning to Sydney.
Originally published as WHO and CDC declare measles a global imminent threat, Covid is to blame