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Public health experts warn of measles outbreak as cases inch closer to Alabama – WVTM13

Public health experts warn of measles outbreak as cases inch closer to Alabama


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DISEASE COULD BE HERE SOON. GUY: WVTM 13’S LARISSA SCOTT ON WHAT PEOPLE SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR. >> THE INCIDENTS OF MEASLES IS ACTUALLY INCREASING SIGNIFICANTLY THIS YEAR, AND IT’S INCREASING NEARBY. LARISSA: NEIGHBORING STATES INCLUDING GEORGIA, FLORIDA, AND TENNESSEE HAVE ALL REPORTED CASES. DOCTORS SAY IT’S ONLY A MATTER- OF TIME BEFORE IT COMES TOTTER- ALABAMA. >> ONCE IT GETS STARTED IN A VULNERABLE POPULATION, IT WILL SPREAD QUICKLY. LARISSA: EXPERTS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR AN OUTBREAK. >> IT’S ONE OF THE MOST INFECTIOUS AGENTS WE HAVE IN THE I.D. PATHOGEN WORLD. LARISSA: THE MEASLES VIRUS LIVES IN THE AIR FOR TWO HOURS AFTER SOMEONE COUGHS OR SNEEZES. >> PEOPLE THINK IT’S A BENIGN KIND OF CHILDHOOD RASH DISEASE. UNFORTUNATELY, REALLY DEVASTATING OUTCOMES ARE NOT UNCOMMON, AND THEY’RE MORE COMMON IN VERY, VERY YOUNG KIDS, LESS THAN A YEAR, OR PEOPLE WHO ARE OVER THE AGE OF 20. LARISSA: SIGNS SOMEONE HAS MEASLES INCLUDE A RUNNING NOSE, RED EYES, COUGH, AND A RASH. FATAL COMPLICATIONS CAN INCLUDE PNEUMONIA AND SWELLING OF THE BRAIN. >> I’VE NEVER SEEN A CASE OF MEASLES. WHY? BECAUSE WE WERE ON THE VERGE OF ELIMINATING IT OR ERADICATING IT IN 2001, SO TONS OF PHYSICIANS, NURSES, HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW HAVE NEVER SEEN A CASE. LARISSA: WHICH IS WHY HEALTH EXPERTS ARE URGING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO GET TO KNOW THE SYMPTOMS WELL. >> WE DON’T HAVE AN ANTIVIRAL DRUG THAT TREATS MEASLES. LARISSA: THE ONLY WAY TO FIGHT THE VIRUS IS WITH A VACCINE. IN BIRMINGHAM, LARISSA SCOTT, WVTM 13. GUY: HEALTH EXPERTS SAY IT’S IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE BORN BEFORE 1957 GET THE MEASLES VACCINE. IF YOU GOT THE TWO MEASLES OR MMR VACCINES, EVEN AS A YOUNG CHILD, YOU ARE PROTECTED FOR LIFE. BUT IF YOU CAN’T REMEMBER IF DID GET VACCINATED, THEY SAY IT’

Public health experts warn of measles outbreak as cases inch closer to Alabama

UAB and Jefferson County Department of Public Health experts on Monday warned of the nationwide measles outbreak as cases continue to inch closer to Alabama.”Once it gets started in a vulnerable population it will spread quickly,” said Dr. William Curry, Associate Dean of Rural and Primary Care at UAB.WVTM 13’s Larissa Scott has more in the video above.

UAB and Jefferson County Department of Public Health experts on Monday warned of the nationwide measles outbreak as cases continue to inch closer to Alabama.

“Once it gets started in a vulnerable population it will spread quickly,” said Dr. William Curry, Associate Dean of Rural and Primary Care at UAB.

WVTM 13’s Larissa Scott has more in the video above.