By Folakemi Adeyanju
There has been an outbreak of the very contagious disease, Measles in America. With a total number of 79 recent cases, the disease is said to be fast spreading. The disease outbreak became alarming when visitors of Disneyland, California started coming down with measles after visiting the park between 5th to 20th December.
The contagious disease was spread by an unvaccinated 10-month-old, Eli in Disneyland, California. Eli allegedly infected a woman who further unsuspectingly spread the disease to quite a number of people, reports said.
It was further explained that, the 10-month-old contracted the virus from a woman at a Children’s Hospital Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. The little boy who is still too young to get vaccinated is already showing symptoms of the disease such as runny nose, cough and fatigue.
Reports from Disneyland confirmed the park as the place of contraction of the disease. At least five of the park’s employees have been diagnosed with the disease. So far, there are 16 cases linked to the Disneyland outbreak outside California (seven in Arizona, three in Utah, two in Washington, one in Colorado, one in Oregon, one in Nebraska and one in Mexico).
Some schools have been closed and scores of students suspected to have contracted the disease have been sent home. However, some families have refused to vaccinate their children, saying “it is poison and no kind of poison is good for their kids,” the angry and protesting parents further said they do not believe in vaccination, claiming that it is an alliance of the American government and the pharmaceutical industries to boost the sale of measles vaccines.
In contrast to the American current situation, there has been a continual downward slope of measles cases reported in Nigeria. As at year 2010, 71 percent of children between the ages of 12-23 months received vaccinations for measles.
As advised by Nigerian writer, Elnathan John, in a tweet that has received over 18,000 retweets, Nigerians travelling to the US are strongly urged to get vaccinated for measles and travelers from America should also be quarantined and screened for the disease as it was done to Nigerians/Africans during the Ebola crisis.