Alarming new numbers in the measles outbreak

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses what you should know about the climbing figure and how it could affect your day-to-day life.
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All right, we're going to turn to our "Gma" cover story. Alarming new numbers in the measles outbreak. The number of cases now passing the record set 25 years ago. 971 reported cases across the country. Dr. Ashton is here with all this. Those numbers are just absolutely staggering. What's the concern here? Medically this is not a record we wanted to break. It was preventable and avoidable. This is not just a nuisance like a couple of sneezes and runny nose. The medical risks especially to children not vaccinated are sit. One in ten get an ear infection. One in 20 get pneumonia. One in 1,000 get brain swelling. One to two cases in 1,000 will as we approach that number we're not going to be surprised. All those things you just mentioned are impacting the way we live, work, life, school, people interacting with people in fegted. What else is being considered to get this under control? To be clear health care workers are being furloughed if they're exposed to measles and they can't produce vaccine immunization records or show they're protected. Day 5 to 21 after they're exposed they're furloughed. They're taking a mandatory leave of absence and have to stay on home quarantine. We might see people on a do not board list. This is something absolutely going to impact our society and our economics and financial, not just medical. We talked about the concern for babies especially. What can parents do if they're exposed? Here's the thing for babies now. This is a change because of this outbreak. If you have an infant under 12 months of age and they're at high risk, you're planning international travel, it's recommended those babies six months of age and over get a vaccine. They still need two more doses. If they're exposed to measles, they should be vaccinated within 72 hours. This is new news that affects babies 6 to 12 months of age. What are you telling your patients? This is a reminder that diseases we have considered eradicated can and will come back if we do not vaccinate. We have to go by fact and science and data, not fear and emotion and myth. So much misbelief out there. Yes. Thank you, Dr. Ashton. Amy over to you.

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