They are bracing for a possible outbreak of measles in Queensland, Australia. Why?
A man walked into a hospital in Brisbane on Wednesday the 26th with symptoms of measles. Symptoms of measles from the CDC:
Measles causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body. About one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, and up to one out of 20 gets pneumonia. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die.
Not an outbreak, just one guy, right? But prior to that, on January 19th he had gone shopping at a local shopping mall… From the CDC:
The incubation period of measles (rubeola) averages 10-12 days from exposure to prodrome and 14 days from exposure to rash (range: 7-18 days).
OK, what does THAT mean? You have about 10-12 days from the time you breath in the virus until you start feeling that “uh-oh, I think I have something” (fever) and in a few more days you will develop a rash. You are most contagious 4-5 days prior to the development a rash. So, if the man in question had a rash, he would have been most contagious when he went to the mall.
But again, where did the man at the top of the page get the virus from?
It is understood the man contracted the virus on a recent flight into Brisbane from overseas. Three other passengers on the same flight who continued on to another location were infectious with measles at the time.
THREE passengers on that flight had measles and were contagious. Not only will there be a possible outbreak in Brisbane, but it has the potential to happen every other place an unvaccinated passenger may have migrated off to.
Again, operative word? Unvaccinated. If you are still unconvinced about the importance of vaccination, watch the Penn and Teller YouTube video below.