RxPG News Feed for RxPG News

Medical Research Health Special Topics World
 Asian Health
 Food & Nutrition
 Men's Health
 Mental Health
 Occupational Health
 Public Health
 Sleep Hygiene
 Women's Health
 Canada Healthcare
 China Healthcare
 India Healthcare
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 World Healthcare
   Latest Research
 Alternative Medicine
 Clinical Trials
 Infectious Diseases
 Sports Medicine
   Medical News
 Awards & Prizes
   Special Topics
 Odd Medical News

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2013 - 1:22:36 AM
USA Channel

subscribe to USA newsletter
Healthcare : USA

   EMAIL   |   PRINT
Measles, Mumps make a comeback in US

Jan 26, 2013 - 2:38:03 PM
--IANS/RIA Novosti

[RxPG] Washington, Jan 26 - Childhood diseases, like measles, that were said to be eliminated in the US a decade ago are slowly making a comeback, in part due to an increasing number of Americans choosing not to get vaccinated, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - told RIA Novosti.

I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that these diseases aren't a problem anymore, said Gregory Wallace, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC.

People have associated vaccines with health risks and studies have not shown that to be the case, Wallace said.

In 2000, the CDC announced measles had been eliminated in the US. But in 2011, 220 Americans contracted the disease, the most cases the government health agency had seen in 15 years, officials said.

It's one of the most contagious vaccine-preventable diseases, Wallace told RIA Novosti.

Approximately two-thirds of the 220 Americans who caught measles in 2011 fell ill because they had not received the measles vaccination and had contracted the disease during international travel or after coming into contact with someone who had been traveling, particularly in Western Europe, Wallace said. The remaining cases of infections were foreigners visiting the US.

In some cases measles can result in a serious lung infection, such as pneumonia. And while severe cases are rare, measles can cause swelling of the brain and even death particularly in infants and in people who have weakened immune systems including the elderly and those with HIV or types of cancer.

Mumps has also seen a resurgence in the US, though the circumstances surrounding the spike differ from measles, CDC officials said.

The vaccine advocacy for mumps isn't quite as good as measles, Wallace said. In certain settings if mumps gets a foothold in a community it can sometimes overwhelm the vaccine.

And because the virus has mutated in recent years, the standard vaccine has become less effective, CDC officials said.

--IANS/RIA Novosti


Related USA News
Measles, Mumps make a comeback in US
India adds spice to US life, keeps it healthy
Fitness club memberships help insurance plans to enrol healthier patients
White children far more likely to receive CT scans than Hispanic, African-American children
Daunting barriers found in accessing psychiatric care
Obama names Indian American health researcher White House Fellow
Indian American helps design vaginal ring to prevent HIV transmission
US Senate approves sweeping tobacco legislation
Hacker demands $10 mn ransom for stolen medical records
Nearly Half of Primary Care Doctors in US Would Like to Quit

Subscribe to USA Newsletter

Enter your email address:

For any corrections of factual information, to contact the editors or to send any medical news or health news press releases, use feedback form

Top of Page

Contact us

RxPG Online



    Full Text RSS

© All rights reserved by RxPG Medical Solutions Private Limited (India)