United States.- According to reports, almost 200 people could have been exposed to measles after a child with the disease was treated in the emergency room of the Children's Hospital of the University of California, Davis, (UC Davis) last month.
The hospital sent letters to patients on the 25th and 26th of March after the 7 year old girl he was diagnosed with measles a few days before, USA Today reported. The girl, from Calaveras County, had not been vaccinated against the disease, according to The Sacramento Bee.
You should notify your primary care physician and your child about this possible exposure to discuss your possible risk of infection, vaccination history, and other issues you may have, the letter warned.
Calaveras County health official Dean Kelaita told The Bee that the girl was infected during a trip abroad.
On his return, he reportedly traveled to San Francisco International Airport. No other cases of measles have been reported in Calaveras County, reported The Bee.
"The patient came to the emergency room on March 17 and was suspected of having measles on March 19," said Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis, on NBC.
"At that time, the patient was placed in adequate isolation." Blumberg also told CBS Sacramento that a 7-year-old terminal child was examined in the same room as the girl with measles before the girl was diagnosed and the room was closed to clear it.
Blumberg added that the boy did not have measles 16 days after being exposed to the disease, which, according to him, usually takes between 8 and 12 days to develop. "Even vaccinated people can get measles because the vaccine is not 100% perfect," Blumberg told NBC.
We need a very high vaccination rate because when measles is introduced to communities that have parents who do not immunize their children, these groups of cases can occur.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 387 individual cases of measles were registered in the United States in 2019, which according to the organization is the second highest number of cases in the United States. USA eliminated in 2000.