Philly measles outbreak getting worse, despite authorities’ intervention!

Visual Representation for measles infected person | Credits: Getty Images
Visual Representation for measles infected person | Credits: Getty Images

United States: Health officials of Philadelphia were notified on Tuesday about the ninth positive test result of the measles case.

It started last month at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and extended to a daycare facility on Castor Avenue.

In the latest case related to daycare, the fifth victim got infected. In violation of the quarantine guidelines, an unvaccinated child was exposed to measles infection while hospitalized at CHOP, after which he attended a daycare center in contradiction of standards protocols, reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The city did not disclose if the ninth individual infected with COVID-19 was a child or an adult and did not reveal information about whether they were in the hospital.

In previous cases, there was one unvaccinated adult and seven children. At least 6 of the individuals infected were hospitalized for the treatment, and all were discharged later.

Health Warnings issued by health officials!

In Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, authorities cautioned residents of possible measles exposure from Philadelphia residents who visited health care outside of their city.

Rashes caused by measles | Credits: The Telegraph

In Camden County, a positive case of measles among a child was reported last week. The cause of exposure to children is yet unknown to authorities, and no connection with the Philadelphia outbreak has been made.

As per the Camden County officials, the following venues have been marked in the caution list for possible exposure:

· Cooper University Healthcare Pediatrics in Voorhees Township between 11:35 am and 2:32 pm on January 5.

· Jefferson South Jersey Stratford Hospital’s emergency department on January 9 between 8 pm January 8 and 12:38 am.

The health officials warned anyone who has been exposed in New Jersey and is not immunized or immune could develop symptoms from these exposures for a couple of weeks until February 2, reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Symptoms and vaccination of Measles

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases, and it spreads through breathing in a virus that travels in the air or via contact with infected surfaces, as per reports stated by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the estimates, measles is seven times more infectious than COVID-19. The virus can survive in the air for up to two hours, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Visual Representation for measles vaccine | Credits: Google

Babies can receive their first dose after 12 months, which has an efficacy rate of 93 percent in preventing measles, as per the CDC.

The second dose of injection raises that efficacy to 97 percent. Those born before 1957 or who have had measles are also considered to be immune.

The disease can be serious, especially for infants under five years, pregnant women, and those with suppressed immunity.

The infection of measles can lead to respiratory failure, inflammation of the brain, and death. In rare instances, the virus leads to fatal yearlong brain decline, reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The CDC notes that symptoms of measles occur within two weeks after exposure. Initially, patients feel like they have a flu-like illness as patients could have a high temperature, runny nose, and red and watery eyes.

Three to four days later, the rash that is characteristic of measles typically appears.

Thus, in the case of people with known exposure and who are not vaccinated or otherwise immune, they should be quarantined for 21 days.

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