By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
The health department in New York released an alert to doctors in New York city yesterday of a measles outbreak. Officials said three more people have contracted measles New York, adding to the latest outbreak that has sickened a total of 13 people since January. Two of the new cases are adults and one is an 8 month old child. None of them had recently traveled abroad, which officials say means the virus is now spreading here from person to person.
There have been more cases of measles lately with less people getting vaccinated due to fears of vaccination shots causing other side effects like autism. According to Vaccine News Daily.com there are 118 measles infections reported in the United States as of May 20, with most reported cases originating from other countries, the number of cases is on track to be a record year in 2011.
Measles is a serious and very contagious illness caused by a virus. It spreads like the cold and flu through thru coughing, sneezing and close contact. As always, if you are a healthcare worker and are around suspected cases of infectious diseases like measles, be sure to wash your hands properly, sanitize all surfaces and wear protective medical scrubs.