A fourth measles case has been confirmed in a person in the Pikesville area, the Maryland Department of Health reports. Public health officials had said the virus is highly contagious and other cases were possible since the first case was reported April 5.
Maryland health officials confirmed Friday that the state has logged its first case of measles, a highly contagious viral infection that has been spreading in several other states in numbers not seen in decades.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is alerting people to the risk of possible measles exposure in Prince George's County. While those who have had at least one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine are at low risk of acquiring measles, it is highly contagious among the unvaccinated, spreading through the air due to coughing and sneezing.
A growing measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in Southern California has touched a nerve with health officials in Maryland and across the country who are warning about a rebound in diseases that had been rendered extremely rare.
Unfortunately — and often all too tragically— a growing percentage of students enter or return to school without the most important back to school requirement: vaccinations. These students are part of a new generation vulnerable to childhood diseases that have long since been under control but are now making a comeback due to parental misinformation and bad science.
A dozen or more cases of mumps have been reported among Loyola University Maryland students over the past month, prompting officials to warn the campus community to be alert for signs of the rare virus.
Margaret Dunkle, a researcher at George Washington University's Department of Health Policy, says we need more research into the effects of the combined vaccination regimen for children to determine their safety.