Measles at the Super Bowl? Alerts are in place, but fans aren't freaking out – yet

时间:2019-11-16  作者:单晡  来源:澳门金沙网站  浏览:6次  评论:117条

Tens of thousands of fans are pouring into Phoenix to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots on Sunday. But health officials are huddling, and they’re not getting ready for some football: they’re trying to make sure the measles outbreak and doesn’t infect the Super Bowl.

At least , including two in Arizona, where officials are now monitoring seven confirmed cases and 1,000 people identified as being exposed to the highly contagious disease.

“This is a critical point in this outbreak,” Will Humble, the director of the Arizona department of health services, wrote . “If the public health system and medical community are able to identify every single susceptible case and get them into isolation, we have a chance of stopping this outbreak here.”

“However, if we miss any potential cases and some of them go to a congregate setting with numerous susceptible contacts, we could be in for a long and protracted outbreak.”

Without naming measles directly, the that state and local health officials will use an emergency alerting system to quickly identify potential public health threats that may arise at “urgent care centers, and monitoring poison control center calls related to Super Bowl events”.

Such warnings did not seem to have discouraged fans arriving in Arizona to attend the game. The NFL’s Central fan campus in downtown Phoenix has continued to draw crowds despite the dampening effect of rain showers over the last couple of days.

Patriots fan Don Crisman, who has never missed a Super Bowl, told the Guardian that he has been in town since Monday but only learned about the measles outbreak when he spoke to his wife by phone on Thursday morning.

“She heard some story on the TV last night about it, where they said it could break out at the Super Bowl,” noted Crisman. “I said, ‘Well, I’m not going to worry about it.’”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called measles the “most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses”. Common symptoms include a dry cough, runny nose, red eyes and that tell-tale sign: a painful rash.

“This is not a problem with the measles vaccine not working; this is a problem of the measles vaccine not being used,” Dr Anne Schuchat, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, during a Thursday briefing with reporters.

officials have asked those who are not been fully vaccinated to stay away from public places for the disease’s 21-day incubation, around 12 February, to avoid a potential spread.

The majority of people who get measles are unvaccinated. An unvaccinated person who comes into contact with an infected person has about a 90% chance of catching this respiratory disease.

Health officials declared measles eradicated in the United States in 2000, due in large part to the widespread use of the vaccine. , a recent anti-vaccination movement in the US falsely linking autism to the vaccines, has seen an uptick in the number of parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.

Scientists have thoroughly decried the claims as false and misleading. Nevertheless, many have linked the movement to the record number of measles cases in 2014. Last year, 644 cases were confirmed, accounting for a nearly two-decade high.

“I’m supposed to be OK,” said Crisman, the 78-year-old fan and longtime Super Bowl attendee. “They say that people born in 1957 or earlier are immune by now. I do remember having measles as a child.”