The case of the 36-year-old Rosario brass who was infected after sharing a Russian tourist's flight motivated the nation's health minister to issue an epidemiological alert. Specialists emphasize the importance of prevention, through the vaccine.
According to the epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, Rubén Cerchiai, the last outbreak occurred in the province between 1997 and 1998 when there were 34 infections with this virus. On that occasion, it was imported by a person who had traveled abroad.
In order to keep the situation under control, "monitoring at feverish exanthemic disease" is performed. Therefore, the notifications given throughout the year are examined with laboratory tests and so far, they have never given us a positive result, "Cerchiai explained.
But he emphasized it the same way "We need to pay attention to import opportunities". This is due to the fact that recent cases registered in the country have been linked to patients infected during a foreign trip. that, without leaving the country, they came in contact with a traveler or they go to a place where the virus circulates and they are not properly protected.
Importance of vaccination
According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, the latest suspicions were related to this virus in 2012 (14 cases) and 2013 (8 cases), although they were not confirmed.
As a result of the vaccination, the virus's circulation in Argentina was eliminated. The last autochthonous case was registered in 2000 and since its elimination until 2018, only 43 cases were reported.
According to Cerchiai, Vaccination in the province is more than 90%, which gives "a little calm".
Anyway, the doctor read that it was a disease that is so contagious "so there is one or two people who are not protected, who come in contact with a case, they will be infected. Coverage gives us the certainty that there will not be an outbreak, an epidemic, but not that there are no cases ".
Vaccination campaigns to prevent measles occur approximately every four years. It is about follow-up campaigns "to catch the children who were not reached in time or were poorly immunized". The last took place between October and November 2018 and was targeted at children between 1 and 4 years.
"A properly vaccinated person is protected from measles, so the vaccine is very important," explains Andrea Villalba, head of the Infectology Department at Lencina's Hospital.
That way, he added it there is no access to this vaccine and stressed that those who do not place it "are because they do not want, not because they cannot or do not have access, because it is free in our country and is within the calendar".
In addition, Lencinas specialist noted that "outbreaks have occurred in other countries, such as the last outbreak in New York, linked to anti-vacuum movementswho have grown and attribute effects to the vaccines that really have not. "
Who should pay attention
the symptom of this viral disease are: high fever, runny nose, conjunctivitis and cough; small white spots on the inside of the cheek and a rash on the face and neck that extend to the rest of the body.
According to the vaccination schedule is minors between 12 months and 5 years They must approve a dose of triple virus vaccine (measles-rubella mumps). Meanwhile they older than 5 years, two doses of double or triple virus vaccine.
In turn People born before 1965 need not be vaccinatedbecause they are considered protected because they have been in contact with the virus.
For those who have to travel abroad, to a country that has registered an outbreak of measles, "if they have both doses, there is no danger. But if they lack something or if they doubt it, they should consult and be vaccinated two weeks in advance to get protection when they reach their destination, "stressed Cerchiai.
In this regard, he also recommended that the children aged 6 to 11 who go abroad with their parents should receive an extra dose of viral triple. This vaccine will be additional and should not be considered within the usual vaccination system.