School administration reported 11 cases of measles by today. Unfortunately, they still don’t understand that this information should reach the parents as soon as possible. Instead, they are sending out useless communication with no substance like the one from Maria KALFOPOULOU on Friday.
The measles virus is one of the most infectious diseases known to man. A person with measles can cough in a room and leave, and hours later, if you’re not vaccinated, you could catch the virus from the droplets in the air the infected person left behind.
According to statistics in an unvaccinated population, one person with measles can infect 12 to 18 others.
Disease typically strikes children. After an incubation period of 10 to 12 days, measles comes on like a fever, cough, stuffy nose, and bloodshot and watery eyes. Loss of appetite and malaise are common too. Several days after these initial symptoms, an uncomfortable spotty rash begins to spread all over the body, starting on the face and neck and moving downward. The rash usually lasts for three to five days and then fades away.
In uncomplicated cases, people who get measles start to recover as soon as the rash appears and feel back to normal in about two to three weeks.
But up to 40 per cent of patients have complications from the virus.
But up to 40 per cent of patients have complications from the virus. These usually occur in the very young (children under five). It also occurs in adults over 20, and in anybody else who is immunocompromised. Children under 5 have the highest probability of death.
Health Department in Luxembourg, is expecting around 20 cases of measles in our school.