The measles outbreak began in July in the Washington metropolitan area, officials said. Local officials estimated the virus contained 2,100 cases so far and is the leading cause of death associated with the virus.” “What’s important for most people is how they receive medical care and how they interact with their healthcare providers,” said Sharon Crouse, MD, a member of Congress who works to prevent the spread of this deadly virus and who recently held a ribbon cutting. “We can eliminate this outbreak through our community health efforts and a comprehensive approach that protects health and lives.” Crouse said if this outbreak ends up spreading to other parts of the country it could potentially kill hundreds of lives, especially in rural areas. A total of 40 people have been hospitalized and 21 are in critical condition as a result of the outbreak. “It scares us. Because it’s very difficult to know what is going on at all, how many people are on their computers in the morning and how many are in the afternoon. It’s really scary,” said Mark Laughlin, MD, MD, MD of the D.C. Department of Health. “There’s so much information out there that’s making people nervous because if something gets reported early, we could very quickly spread to other states. So, there are a lot of people out there who are very concerned and want to make things right and make sure that whatever they are doing is right. But I’m sure they want some sort of vaccine to prevent this outbreak,” said Dr. Croucherie. D.C. resident, Linda Sperry , says there has been a spike in measles, from 2 per week over the past year. She says the measles outbreak has resulted in 23 deaths and has involved a major, major increase in cases. She says this is not the first time people have gotten sick from getting pregnant or having been exposed to this disease. In 2011, a person fell ill after being exposed to the measles measles virus. The case was first reported in November, in North Carolina. The CDC says people in West Virginia can experience a rash similar to that of the state for 14 days after the infection begins, and a rash is usually at least five days later without symptoms. Symptoms of measles can include redness, swollen glands, swollen lips, rash, cough and light red blood cells. Symptoms of measles can also include fever and headache. D.C. health officials say they have not received any cases of suspected measles. The disease has killed close to 2,000 people in the county over the past two decades and has been a significant public health concern in the state since it was first isolated in 1963.
In an emailed statement Friday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake confirmed to CNN the federal government is involved with the cleanup effort in the area of the Washington Metropolitan Park and Hospital. Rawlings-Blake said that all affected residents are being asked to be on the “brief tour” through that facility to take a break from watching medical care. She also said she had heard from several experts that children and parents need to be on the early-alert list if there is an outbreak.
“It’s the first time there’s been an outbreak of this disease after the CDC first exposed this disease in the DC Region,” Rawlings-Blake said. “In fact, I’ve heard stories saying after this outbreak there are still about 70 cases of measles in DC. That number certainly doesn’t stop there.”
Rawlings-Blake said the city officials have provided the CDC with additional information so that they can better prepare, including vaccine materials, to reduce the number of deaths. “We want to ensure every person on the waiting list has their vaccination,” she said. “Our team provides all the information necessary to make sure people get this treatment on-premises, even when it’s just just at the hospital. We can do a first-of-its-kind intervention and have everyone check out all of the equipment they have and have the vaccines ready to use within 24 hours. That way they can also take it off the shelf and not have to worry about any more deaths after that. The CDC will make the vaccination for this patient available to families throughout their area.” (Read more at the following locations: U.S.: 1.4 million people born, 14 deaths confirmed in 2016
CDC releases report detailing how ‘unlikely’ measles might spread to more people in the U.S. This story is reprinted by the Washington Post, a sister publication of the Washington Public Health Foundation, in conjunction with Mother Jones. (The original version of this story featured coverage on Mother Jones and Mother Jones. The original post was posted by Mother Jones and was originally published by Mother Jones in November 2015.)
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