A TOP doctor has warned parents of the most dangerous measles symptoms to look out for in children as global infections rise.
The world has seen a huge spike in cases this year, with the World Health Organization confirming a “global measles epidemic” earlier this month.
Child vaccination has fallen to just 85.5 per cent in the UK – despite being vital to containing the viral disease and saving lives.
according to dr Stuart Sanders of The London General Practice, this low vaccination coverage means Britain will gradually lose ‘herd immunity’ to the dangerous childhood disease.
Speaking to the Express, he said there are five main symptoms to look out for to avoid a “serious” infection.
These include persistent or persistent fever, refusal to eat or drink, severe respiratory symptoms, and worsening of their clinical condition.
It’s also important to look out for signs of meningitis — these include headaches, stiff neck, vomiting, and an aversion to bright light.
dr Sanders warned that if you notice any of these five serious symptoms, you should isolate the patient until their symptoms resolve.
There are no cures – you can only treat the symptoms.
But anyone with the bug should make sure they’re drinking plenty of fluids at the right intervals, along with acetaminophen.
dr Sanders said of the rise in measles, “This is being caused by the decline in measles vaccination that began in the 1970s due to the spread of misinformation about the vaccine.
“Vaccination uptake continued to decline following a fraudulent article by Professor Andrew Wakefield published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet.
He said this meant that levels of vaccine uptake had fallen “below the critical level needed to ensure herd immunity” and remained at “sub-optimal levels” in some countries.
The medic added: “I’ve been a doctor long enough to remember that before vaccination, measles was a disease that in some cases resulted in prolonged illness, in which a number of children sadly died.”
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization warned that around 73 million people around the world who could get the MMR vaccine did not have it.
They said: “That means there were 17,000 measles cases worldwide in the first few months this year, while in the first two months of previous years it was usually less – 10,000 or less.
“So yes, we have a global measles epidemic and that worries us because measles can be a very dangerous disease.”
The MMR vaccine, which protects children from measles, mumps and rubella, has been in use for five decades but has recently seen a decline in acceptance as vaccine reluctance has increased.
The first vaccination is usually given to one-year-old infants, and the second at three years and four months.
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