In Val Thorens, the cases of measles are on the rise
Then that Friday, February 8, the regional Agency of health (ARS) Auverge Rhone-Alpes were 18 cases identified in the ski resort, the minister of Health, Agnes Buzyn announced on Tuesday 12 February on radio France Inter that the number of sick was now at 24. “It is mostly young adults seasonal resident in the station”, said the ARS in a press release.
The minister of Health, for its part, specified that it is “in young, non-vaccinated, were born after the 1980s, therefore, who have not been in contact with the virus before. “”This resurgence of measles in the region reflects a movement of more and more of the virus due to inadequate immunization coverage,” stated the Agency, which “invites anyone to verify the vaccination of its children and its own vaccination if she has never had measles. “” READ ALSO – Europe recorded a record number of measles cases More than 2700 cases in 2018Cette disease, which manifests itself in particular by a high fever, a cough and the appearance of small red spots on the skin, is highly contagious: a patient can infect between 15 and 20 people. Measles is caused by a respiratory virus that is spread through coughing and sneezing. There is no treatment for this potentially serious illness. The only way to be protected is to be vaccinated.
“A vaccination within 72 hours after contact with a case, can prevent the occurrence of the disease,” recalls the ARS.
To eliminate the disease, it is necessary that at least 95% of the population has received two doses of the vaccine. Now up until now, the vaccination coverage of infants was below the target, with only 79% of children who played in the two doses. The situation will evolve rapidly in coming years because since January 1, 2018, this vaccination is mandatory for all infants with one dose at 12 months of age and another between 16 and 18 months.
A catch-up vaccination for all children and young adults born since 1980, is also recommended.
Since November 2017, measles is on the rise in france, according to the latest epidemiological bulletin of public Health of France published in November 2018.
In 2018, 2727 cases have been registered and three people have died. The majority (89%) of the cases involved persons not vaccinated or who have not received two doses of vaccine. . .