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    Posted: March 06 2019 at 3:48pm
DW (English): Why measles is so deadly and vaccination so important.
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The infectious person in this article/video probably thought they had a mild illness with no real risks attached.

DEAD WRONG!


New York – An El Al Airlines flight attendant is now in a coma and battling encephalitis after contracting measles. Israel's Ministry of Health says she may have contracted the disease in New York, in Israel, or on a flight between the two.

The 43-year-old woman was seemingly healthy before coming down with a fever March 31, CBS New York reports. Due to complications from measles that resulted in brain inflammation, she's now been in a coma for 10 days and needs a respirator because she can't breathe on her own.

The flight attendant, whose name has not been released, received only one dose of the measles vaccine as a child, according to reports.

Source and video:   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/measles-outbreak-flight-attendant-in-coma-after-contracting-measles/

It's not just their own health they risk.
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There has been a measles out break in our area here in NZ, and I was interested to read the medical advice in the paper saying that no one over the age of 49 needs to have the MMR as it is assumed that they were exposed to measles as a child.

When I recently saw a doctor I asked her about this and why, if everyone over the age of 49 is fine, why should younger adults need to worry about it. She couldn't tell me as she didn't really know.

So I'm wondering if, as children, everyone over the age of 49 was exposed to measles, why wasn't it seen as a serious disease back then? I remember my brother getting it, and the rest of us, plus the neighbours 3 children, all being put in the same room as him so we could catch it too. My mother wasn't even slightly worried about the disease. So why all the fuss now?
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Originally posted by KiwiMum KiwiMum wrote:

So I'm wondering if, as children, everyone over the age of 49 was exposed to measles, why wasn't it seen as a serious disease back then? I remember my brother getting it, and the rest of us, plus the neighbours 3 children, all being put in the same room as him so we could catch it too. My mother wasn't even slightly worried about the disease. So why all the fuss now?


The UK has published measles statistics back to 1940. It seems that the mortality rate has varied a lot, and could depend on other areas of care. At the beginning of WWII the death rate was between 2 and 3 per thousand cases (in my opinion a very high rate). It dropped towards the end of the war to 1.5/1000. Then to when I would have had measles it had fallen further to 0.2/1000 cases. I presume that with better nutrition and better health care the numbers of deaths decrease.

I also guess that the time of our childhoods, there was not much to be done to prevent so our parents couldn't do much about it.

However, you must also remember that for every death there is at least one child who is left disabled by the disease, so the serious effects are more than just those shown in the death rates. [I also wonder if the death rates could be higher in populations that have other "issues"]
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You could/can get German Measles,which wasn't/isnt as bad as Measles,

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Measles cases quadruple globally in 2019, says UN   
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Quote It is worth noting these figures are provisional, the WHO says the true figures will be much higher. And that measles is far from harmless. It kills around 100,000 people, mostly children, every year.
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