Why International travelers are at risk of getting measles?


international travelers and measlesMeasles or rubeola can be touted as yet another respiratory disease which one gets through a virus. According to health researchers measles virus usually found in those cells which are lined back of the throat and lungs in human beings. You can easily identify if a person has measles or not through symptoms like fever, runny nose, cough besides rashes all over the body. Some other symptoms include tiredness, irritability, lack of energy, dry cough, poor appetite, red eyes and sensitivity to light. Measles has also been found culprit behind miscarriage in pregnant women and premature baby.

Researchers have revealed that out of 10 children with measles at least one gets an ear infection while 20 get the condition of pneumonia. Around 1000 gets encephalitis and out of 1000 children around one or two children die of measles. Though in United States this condition has been uprooted completely, but still in this country international travelers have been found responsible in bringing this condition again, all around the world around 200, 000 people die with this disease.

Recently a study highlighted that measles infected person can spread the disease to other passengers seated immediately in his/her vicinity in a plane. The study analyzed the data on 45 people (primary cases) having this condition who traveled on 49 different airline flights to or within Australia between January 2007 and June 2011. During the study it was noted that primary cases infected 20 other people on seven flights while secondary cases developed after 10 to 14 days time after the exposure of people mostly in international flights.

A majority of people having primary cases were Australians who got infected in other countries. While secondary cases also belonged to Australians. The presentation of this condition was made recently in a meeting of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases.

The study also highlighted that around 45 percent secondary cases were seated within two rows of the primary cases in plane while 55 percent cases seated a bit far away. In order to control secondary cases, the researchers said in order to trace infected persons on planes; they should take the assistance of media alerts and inform passengers who could have been infected by measles while in a particular flight.

This will help suffered patients to get treated as quickly as possible. If you have not been protected against measles you might get infected while travelling abroad. It is high time while travelling abroad you should do the following: If you have not encountered measles earlier you should get vaccinated with 2 doses separated by at least 28 days. Children 12 months of age or older also get 2 doses separated by at least 28 days. While infants 6 months through 11 months of age should take 1 dose of measles vaccine.

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