As a parent, anytime I hear the work outbreak, I get nervous and millions of questions flow through my mind. What kind of danger does it pose my child? What preventative steps should I take? What symptoms do you need to look out for? With the recent Disney measles outbreak, it is important to be informed, and here’s what you really need to know.
One Breath Is All It Takes
Measles is highly contagious disease caused by a virus and attacks the respiratory system. Symptoms typically being with: a runny nose, sore throat, red eyes, cough, and a fever. It is then followed by a bumpy and itchy rash which continues to spread across the entire body.
Will I know If I have It Right Away?
If you have been exposed to the measles, there is a 21 day incubation period.Therefore, if you have been infected, it can take up to 21 days before you show signs of being sick.
How Is It Transmitted?
The measles virus lives in both the nose and throat mucus of the infected person. Individuals pick it up by breathing in infected air; and/or by touching an infected surface then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth before washing.
To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate…
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was some sort of pill or shot that could prevent someone from getting the measles? Oh wait, there is! Even though we have the means to prevent the disease, a growing number of parents still refuse to have their children vaccinated; even after the information which fueled the movement, was proved to be falsified. Don’t believe me, talk to Dr. James Cherry, he recently spoke out about the recent Disney measles outbreak, stating the outbreak is “100 percent connected” to the anti-immunization movement which started in 1998.
How Serious Can It Be?
The most serious complications include: blindness, an infection known as encephalitis which causes brain swelling, severe diarrhea, dehydration, ear infections, pneumonia and/or other severe respiratory infections.
What To Do
If you suspect you or a family member may have the measles, call your doctor of the local hospital. Never go directly to the doctor’s office or emergency room to avoid exposing others to the disease.
For more information, advice, and tips on the measles check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.