Measles alert for mums-to-be
PREGNANT women have been urged to ensure that they are protected against measles as numbers of people with the highly infectious illness continues to rise. Figures from Public Health England show that from the start of the year until July 22, there were 781 confirmed measles cases compared to 274 cases in the whole of 2017.
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In conclusion, in a patient with SSPE during the postpartum period, cortical vision loss and parieto-occipital white matter T2/FLAIR hyperintensities can simulate eclampsia. Inadvertent treatment with magnesium sulfate is likely if the diagnosis is missed. PMID: 31971157 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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The rise of vaccine-preventable illnesses, such as measles and hepatitis, in the United States and around the globe has been alarming in recent years. For women — especially those hoping to become pregnant, as well as women who are pregnant or have recently had a baby — vaccines can be a worrisome topic. There are many misconceptions about vaccine safety in and around pregnancy that can lead to confusion and unnecessary fear of a lifesaving medical tool. As a practicing ob/gyn, I often discuss vaccines with my patients and help them sort out fears versus facts. Which vaccines should you consider before concepti...
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Measles became a health emergency this year when more than 642 cases were confirmed in NYC since 09/2018. Measles can be associated with serious maternal and fetal complications and uncertainty regarding immunity has created anxiety among pregnant patients and concern among healthcare providers regarding optimal management. The aim of this study is to describe the prevalence of measles immunity in our cohort.
As of 7/29/2019, there have been 642 confirmed cases of measles in NYC this year. Pregnant women and their fetuses represent a susceptible population to measles infection. Ideally, proof of vaccination against measles should be documented prenatally. In the absence of such data, measles immunoglobulin G (IgG) titers can be used. Prior studies conducted before the present measles outbreak showed maternal measles IgG titers (MIT) to be in the non-immune range between 3.1-16.5% of the time. The percentage of pregnant women with MIT in the immune range during the current measles outbreak is unknown.
The objective of this study was to determine whether titers were more often below the threshold for immunity in pregnant women than would otherwise be expected for their age.
Measles is a communicable disease caused by a RNA virus, member of the Morbillivirus genus in the family of Paramyxoviridae1. Measles is usually transmitted through respiratory droplets to close contacts, but also through smaller particle aerosols remaining in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area2.