Measles is highly contagious, and understanding the virus and what you can do to protect yourself, family, and others around you is important for the health and safety of people worldwide. Like many other viruses, measles outbreaks come and go. Though North America doesn’t typically report many cases of the measles each year, the last few months and past year indicate a pattern of more and more outbreaks. Coupled with the unfounded claims that the measles vaccine causes associated health problems, there’s been an increase of people at risk—who in turn, put others at risk.
Knowledge is often the best outbreak prevention—so let’s examine how measles spread, what the latest outbreak means, and address the misconceptions about the measles vaccination. Differentiating facts from misconceptions can save you and your loved ones from contracting and spreading the measles virus. Read on for ten truths about the measles outbreak…
1. Disneyland Outbreak Shows Disease’s Infectiousness
Measles is not a disease that usually makes headlines anymore in North America simply because of the amount of people vaccinated— once the vaccine came out, the number of cases dropped drastically. However, over the last year or so with the recent measles outbreak this has changed. It’s always a bit of a shock when an outbreak occurs somewhere it doesn’t normally. Such is the case of the latest measles outbreak at Disneyland, California, which has displayed just how infectious the measles virus is, how fast it spreads, and how severely ill people can become.
The number of confirmed cases (of those infected at Disneyland during the outbreak) continues to rise. All associated Disneyland cases have been traced back to just one woman who wasn’t vaccinated and caught the virus. It’s amazingly scary that one infected woman has lead to over 50 infections—and the outbreak isn’t likely to stop there. Since Disneyland is a vacation spot, people who visited and were infected have now traveled back home, placing contagious carriers in several states.