Measles prevalent in 2014; the precautions that should be taken
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there has been a sharp rise in the numbers of measles cases this year. The spread of the disease is linked to travel and people not taking precautions.
Like other viruses, measles can spread through the air, so anyone who has it and sneezes or coughs can pass it on. It's so contagious that those who are not immune and are exposed will more than likely develop a case quickly. So what should we know about measles? Here are a few answers courtesy of the CDC:
How to prevent measles? Get vaccinated. Adults who can't remember if they were vaccinated as a child should be vaccinated again. Infants 6 months through 11 months old should have one dose of measles vaccine. Little ones in the U.S. usually receive a measles vaccine at 12 to 15 months of age. Infants who were vaccinated before 12 months should be re-vaccinated around their first birthday with two doses, at least 28 days apart.
How can you tell if you have measles? Look for a rash that usually begins on the trunk and spreads all over your body. A good case of measles can include fever, runny nose, cough and watery eyes. Measles can cause serious illness, even death.
Should a person be cautious if traveling a lot? Yes. If you travel, definitely make sure you are vaccinated. Measles is still a common disease in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific region.
According to the CDC, so far this year, there have been more U.S. travelers returning from the Philippines with measles than any other destination. So be cautious, and reduce the chances of bringing an unwanted bug back to the U.S.