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Acre on alert for measles outbreak in several Brazilian states

Eliminated 10 years ago the virus reappeared in Bauru followed by another 22 cases in five states

 
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Measles vaccine is injectable and is part of the routine immunization schedule of children
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Measles vaccine is injectable and is part of the routine immunization schedule of children

The State Department of Health of Acre (Sesacre) issued last Thursday (13) technical note warning about measles outbreak in some Brazilian states and several countries. Acre is not among the states hit by the epidemic, but it is important that all municipalities maintain their coverage area in full surveillance of any suspected case of the disease.

According to the manager of the Department of Health Surveillance, Izanelda Magellan technical note aims to inform travelers leaving the state and returning travelers about the risk of contracting the disease, strengthen vaccination of health and education enhance and implement the actions of measles and rubella (MMR) in the target population.

It is important for people to immunize against viral diseases, and the best way to do this is by taking the vaccines provided by the Ministry of Health Vaccinations are free and are already part of the vaccination schedule for children - just go to health centers with portfolio of vaccine on hand, informs Izanelda.

Measles virus was eliminated for over 10 years, but is still circulating in countries of the European and Asian continents. On 21 January this year, was the first confirmed case of the disease in Bauru, São Paulo. Until the 21th Epidemiological Week (SE), 23 cases were confirmed: 5 in Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais in 2, 14 in Pernambuco, Paraíba and 1 1 in Santa Catarina. In 2011, Brazil had measles outbreak, totaling 43 confirmed cases. The reintroduction occurred through virus originated in Europe.

Around the world, there is endemic circulation of measles virus in Africa, Asia and Oceania. There are reports of increased number of cases, including deaths, Congo, Uganda and Pakistan.

The measles vaccine is injectable and is part of the basic vaccination schedule of the child being given in two doses: the first after 1 year of age and the second at 4 years. If the tourist does not know that you have taken the two doses in infancy, it is possible to receive a single dose of MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

People who are susceptible and are traveling - for countries or states where they are occurring measles cases - should be vaccinated at least two weeks before the trip, so that the body can form antibodies, but the ideal is to take a two months before departure, warning Magellan.

Source: Isaude.net
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