Friday, January 23, 2015

Disneyland Measles Outbreak!


At Disneyland, an outbreak of measles that began before Christmas disrupts lives in 6 states including Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, and across the border to Mexico.Seventy people have been diagnosed with measles, and hundreds more have been exposed at schools, doctor's offices, hospitals, shopping malls and other places visited by infected victim
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Just like in previous measles outbreaks, schools and hospitals are key locations for the spreading of this viral and highly contagious, disease.  "Measles poses a real risk at hospitals, because so many of the patients are critically ill", says Carol Baker, Executive Director for the Vaccines Awareness and Research at Texas Children's Hospital. A sick person who left a room 2 hours after going in can affect another person still in that room, Measles linger in the air they don't just get passed on by a cough or a handshake. 

In 2000 the US thought the disease had been eradicated because it didn't spread around routinely such as the flu or the cold. Occasionally there would be a few cases a year from infected patients diagnosed while traveling. But now the disease has made a comeback, huge outbreaks across the country and around the world. Unvaccinated children are in

 

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