SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Since the beginning of this year, 465 cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 states.
New York City also just declared a public health emergency because of the disease. Since the beginning of this year, 465 cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 states.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that infects people worldwide. It’s so dangerous because it disease spreads in public spaces, even without person to person contact. Measles is back because vaccination rates are down.
Measles disease is so dangerous because 90 percent of people that aren’t vaccinated will catch the disease after exposure.
Measles is completely preventable with the MMR vaccination. If 85-95 percent of the community is vaccinated, the disease will not spread. Some people in the community need to rely on others being vaccinated because they are unable to.
Dr. John O’Reilly Chief of General Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center told 22News, “There’s a lot of people in the community that can’t get the vaccine those are the kids on chemo that are on medicines they can’t get a live virus so even though you don’t vaccinate your child that boy in the room that has chemotherapy is now at risk if your child gets the virus.”
According to Dr. O’Reilly, the MMR vaccine is not associated with autism. Measles is far more dangerous to a child.
The disease can cause severe neurological damage and there is no antiviral medicine to treat measles.