By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
Officials in New Jersey warn of a possible measles case of a man who could have spread it at a popular children’s restaurant, a toy store and various other places.
The highest risk is for babies under 1 who have not yet been vaccinated. This highly contagious disease can cause serious complications in the very young and old.
The officials believe the man may have become infected from the woman that traveled to the United States from Italy. The outbreak in Europe reminds us of making sure vaccinations are up to date. People who have been exposed should call first before visiting their doctor or an emergency room to protect other patients and staffs from this disease.
The 2 cases in Minnesota are due to poor vaccination rates in that state. Officials blame the internet for the decline in vaccinations there as more people read online about the possible side effects including autism. According to one doctor “The Minnesota Department of Health should be more interested in curing autism than in proving that vaccines are benign,” Dr. Sandman said. The total outbreak in that state is now at 23.
Measles is spread through droplet transmission from the nose, throat, and mouth of someone who is infected with the virus. These droplets are sprayed out when the infected person coughs or sneezes. It can take 10-12 days to develop symptoms. If you work in healthcare stay protected by wearing fluid repellent uniforms, washing hands properly and isolate the possible measles patient from further spreading the disease.