Anytime a virus or illness begins to rapidly spread, it’s a serious cause for concern. Recently, news broke that a new strain of measles has begun to spread throughout various states in the U.S.
Healthcare officials have sent major warnings to parents of young children. From many of the cases reported, there has been one thing in common: the children that have fallen ill to the sickness were all unvaccinated.
Sources state: “Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room.”
It continued: “People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.”
Taking these serious precautions is an absolute must in order to protect others that might be there for various health conditions. FOX News reports that as of now, they have 182 confirmed cases of the measles with numbers continuing to rise.
You and your loved ones should be aware of the side effects of measles: high fever, runny nose, cough, red, watery eyes, white spots inside the mouth, and a rash. If not treated quickly, the infected person could potentially have hearing loss, pneumonia, and/or encephalitis.
“Transmission can be prevented with the MMR vaccine, which in addition to measles also protects against mumps and rubella. The CDC recommends children get two doses of the vaccine.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms similar to those mentioned above, do not hesitate to contact your local healthcare provider and alert them as soon as possible.