A 32-year old woman died of the measles at the CHU of Poitiers (Vienne), announced on Tuesday that Bordeaux is the regional Agency of health (ARS), New Aquitaine
This woman was not vaccinated and was admitted to hospital on the 1st of February and then placed in the icu the next day, said the agency in a statement, without giving the exact date of the death. The measles epidemic, which is raging in New-Aquitaine since the beginning of November, 2017, “persists” in this region.
The ARS has identified to this day 269 confirmed cases, including one in four (66) required hospitalization, and four of the patients icu admission. These numbers have more than doubled since January 24, when the ARS were 115 cases that resulted in 32 hospitalizations, including “on different sites of the university campus” girondin.
” READ ALSO – Measles: what is it? “The departments of the Gironde and Vienna, since November 2017, the most affected, but isolated cases of measles, may appear at any location and start an epidemic”, explained the ARS. A few cases have been recorded in Charente-Maritime, deux-Sèvres, Dordogne, in the Landes and the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, reports France 3 New-Aquitaine.
Measles is not a benign disease”. It leads to the possible serious neurological complications or even death. Particularly affecting young adults and children, it is a viral infection that is highly contagious, knowing that an infected person can infect between 15 and 20 people. ” READ ALSO – Bordeaux, france: the measles epidemic is gaining ground Two doses of vaccine are needed”To curb the epidemic, the ARS request to the entire population to check its vaccination and, in case of doubt, get vaccinated,” she wrote in a press release.
The vaccination coverage in New-Aquitaine is “not enough” and “varies from 70.8% to 81% when WHO recommended coverage of 95 percent,” says the LRA.
“90% of measles cases were not or poorly vaccinated,” says the regional Agency of health. In order to be protected, two doses of vaccine are needed. “In case of contact with a person infected with measles, non-immunized (unvaccinated, only 1 dose of vaccine or uncertain immunization status) may avoid the disease by being vaccinated within 72 hours after the contact,” stresses the agency of health.
The measles vaccine is part of the 11 vaccines mandatory for children from the 1st January 2018. It also protects against mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. It is recommended to issue the first injection at 12 months of age and the second dose between 16 and 18 months. For people who have received only a single dose, it is necessary to administer a second injection.
A single vaccination is sufficient.
” READ ALSO – measles: Measles what are the symptoms? Between 2008 and 2016, more than 24,000 cases of measles were reported in France (of which nearly 15,000 cases in 2011 alone). Nearly 1,500 cases have presented a pneumopathy serious, 34, a neurological complication, and 10 have died. . .