A joint report from two major public health agencies declared measles to be an “outstanding threat” to the global community.
Released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) feared that a record drop in measles vaccination rates and continued outbreaks meant the respiratory virus was an “imminent threat in every region of the world.” Globalism”.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was “crucial” to get immunization programs back on track to avoid what he said was a “preventable disease”.
“The irony of the pandemic is that while vaccines against Covid-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programs were severely disrupted, and millions of children missed out on life-saving vaccines against deadly diseases like measles,” said Dr. Ghebreyesus.
According to the World Health Organization, India, Somalia and Yemen are the three countries with the largest outbreaks of measles.
While measles is believed to be one of the most contagious viruses, the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine given during childhood is considered the best defense to limit future outbreaks.
In Australia, the shot is free for children ages 12 to 18 months. People under the age of 20, refugees and humanitarian arrivals may also be eligible for a reimbursement vaccine.
The CDC states that nine out of 10 people who have not been vaccinated against the disease will become infected upon exposure.
The virus is transmitted through droplets of water emitted from sneezing and coughing in infected people. Common symptoms include fever, cold symptoms, conjunctivitis, a red rash, and welts that appear first around the face and hairline before spreading elsewhere on the body.
The characteristic rash generally appears three to four days after the initial symptoms.
Last week, visitors who had traveled through Melbourne Airport were asked to monitor for symptoms until Saturday 3 December.
Three confirmed cases have been recorded in a family traveling to Melbourne from SingaporeThis brings the total number of confirmed cases in 2022 to five.
Passengers boarded Qantas flight QF36/Emirates Airlines EK5036 in Singapore on Monday and landed at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport on Tuesday at around 6:10 am. They were reported to have remained inside the airport until 8:40 am.
Victoria’s deputy chief health officer, Deborah Friedman, urged people with symptoms to seek medical attention, wear a mask and call ahead to ensure they can isolate from others.
She said young children and adults with weakened immune systems are most at risk of serious illness.
“Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that spreads rapidly through close contact, especially among those who have not been fully vaccinated,” said Ms. Friedman.
It comes as New South Wales reported its first case of measles in two years in September this year. A person in his fifties became infected after traveling to Asia and developed symptoms after returning to Sydney.