How China Is Winning The War Against Measles
Unlike many other countries around the world, China is experiencing a significant decrease in measles cases. Here's why.
Authors: Blackmore TK, Bloomfield M, Burge S, Low K, Dzhelali M, Nesdale A PMID: 31945050 [PubMed - in process]
ConclusionsReceiving the birth dose is positively associated with up-to-date status later in childhood, highlighting the importance of starting vaccination early. The association is insensitive to confounding by factors observed in National Immunization Survey-Child, but investigation of unobserved factors such as vaccine hesitancy could provide critical information to guide intervention strategy.
Measles is characterized by fever and skin rash in children, adolescents and adults. It may also result in long-lasting immune suppression11, 26, 34. Measles is caused by Measles Virus (MeV) and the disease can be controlled using effective vaccines and global vaccination programs. However, its re-emergence is a major concern due to thousands of fatalities and therefore the World Health Organization (WHO) has setup a target for elimination of measles by 2023 in South-East Asia region45, 59. Resurgence of measles has been observed globally since 2016 in Europe and Americas5 including a recent outbreak in Philippines6.
Widespread vaccination has significantly reduced measles-related morbidity and mortality worldwide, yet measles remains a disease of global public health concern due to its highly transmissible nature, propensity to rapidly develop into outbreaks among children in resource-scarce settings, and rising levels of vaccine hesitancy.1,2 Although primarily spread between humans via direct contact (e.g., droplets from coughing or sneezing), the measles virus (MeV) can become aerosolized and persist in an airspace or on surfaces for several hours.
Angry parents, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group and anti-vaccine celebrities rallied to outmatch one of the state ’s most powerful elected leaders.
Conclusions: Our findings will assist health care professionals and policy makers in preparing targeted information campaigns to address questions and counteract vaccine hesitancy.
[Daily Trust] Three new laboratories on Tuesday officially joined the network of labs for yellow fever, measles and rubella.
Conclusion: The prevalence of persistent MMA (IgG titer ≥200 mIU/ml) among the infants aged 9–12 months was 10%. The choice of vaccinating infants at the end of 9 months for the first dose of measles vaccine is justified as the remaining (90%) of infants were susceptible for measles infection at this age.
The spectrum of infectious diseases with potential skin involvement, either primary or secondary to systemic disease, is vast. Unusual host inflammatory responses may be elicited by certain pathogens, including reactions with an inherent capacity for misdiagnosis as neoplasia. Current, emerging, re-emerging and/or recently recognized pathogens or infections of major significance include carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacterial infections, Ebola virus disease, measles, Mycobacterium lepromatosis as a second aetiological agent of leprosy, and Emergomyces africanus infection among those living with HIV/AIDS.