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Berrien County health officials address uptick in measles cases nationwide

NOW: Berrien County health officials address uptick in measles cases nationwide

BENTON HARBOR, Mich - The Berrien County Health Department is addressing the measles outbreak nationwide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control over 100 cases of measles has been confirmed in the U.S. for 2019.

“This is a really good time to remind parents and caregivers and everybody about the importance of vaccines for things like measles so that we can prevent future outbreaks from happening,” Berrien County Health Department Spokeswoman Gillian Conrad said.

Conrad said measles is very contagious if a person is not vaccinated.

“It’s actually one of the most contagious diseases out there so imagine if you had one unvaccinated person who contracted measles about 90% of those people around them if they were unvaccinated could also contract the disease,” Conrad said.

Experts say measles is usually spread by travelers entering or re-entering the country and infecting others.

Each state has rules regarding people being vaccinated.

Michigan allows exemptions from people being vaccinated for religious, personal or philosophical reasons. 

Currently statewide in Michigan approximately 3% of people are unvaccinated and that number is approximately 2% for Berrien County.

Health officials say that herd immunity is key with approximately 90% of a community needs to be vaccinated for a particular disease to prevent it from spreading in the community.

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itsjc2 298 days ago
Measles are a real concern that all parents should take seriously... For many children it is a week of being miserable with fever, the rash all over the body... But parents must understand two very important factors... One you are spreading a disease that is as dangerous as an aids virus in the way that over time it can take a childs life... We were so afraid of the aids spreading virus... But for some reason many parents are not concerned about the measles virus being spread from child to child... The news media needs to spread the information that children can die from the measles virus... Please share information this information...Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis can take the life of a child who has had a severe case of measles... I know, I watched my daughters health deteriorate in a vegetative state for nine years before the disease took her life...No parent should ever go through this horror, this disease is preventable with the measles vaccine...Parents wh vaccinate their child not only prevent their child from this life threatening disease, but will prevent the possiblity of their child spreading this deadly disease.... Here is a link for more information Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis...


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