Ottawa Public Health says this latest case of measles is connected to worldwide travel. It may not seem like a lot, but for this disease it is!
Information about the cases - whether they were linked to existing cases, or where those people went while infectious - was not yet known. It spreads to others through coughing and sneezing. The disease can spread through the air from coughs or sneezes, making it especially easy to transmit, and the virus can live in the air for two hours, meaning anyone who breathes the air in that time can contract the virus.
State health officials are stressing that people can not contract measles from the vaccine.
People who have never had a dose of the MMR vaccine should get one now, the statement said. These adults include students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and global travelers. 33 of them had incomplete immunization records or were not vaccinated. A single dose protects about 95 percent of children. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you. You can decide what's best for you.
The acute stage of the disease lasts about five to six days.
On measles in adults: "The complication rate is much higher - pneumonia is an example".
Measles can spread when it reaches a USA community where groups of people are unvaccinated, the CDC said.
A measles outbreak in the United States shows no sign of slowing down, with 78 new cases reported in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) latest update to the totals for 2019.
"MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and does not recommend routine measles vaccinations for children less than 12 months of age unless there is a suspected measles exposure; there is thought to be an imminent measles exposure such as being in areas of known measles; or worldwide travel planned".
Stay healthy and make sure you take care of yourself and your family!