Measles outbreak, what to do?

By Dr. Celeste Gomez

Q: Dear Doc Celeste, I just heard that there is a “measles outbreak” in Metro Manila. Is it true that measles is airborne? I’m so scared because my 6-month-old baby boy hasn’t had his shot yet. What can I do to prevent him from having measles? – Scared Mommy Carmen

A: Hello, Mommy Carmen! There is currently a huge increase of measles cases all over Metro Manila and Central Luzon. The Department of Health (DOH) has already considered and announced it as an outbreak.

Transmission

Measles or rubeola is a virus that may be caught by a susceptible child or adult via airborne transmission. Airborne transmission can mean any of the following:

1. The virus can be carried by the dust suspended in the air.

2. It can stay or remain in a room for longer periods of time.

3. The virus can be disseminated widely to people in the same room.

Signs and symptoms

When a child is infected with measles, one can have high fever together with cough, colds and red teary eyes. The rashes may start to appear at the face and head. As days go by, it slowly goes down to the feet while you notice the rashes at the head begin to brown and peel off. Some children, especially those who are immunocompromised or who have malnutrition,

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