Measles case at the University: students and staff may have been infected
Measles be dismissed by some people as a harmless children’s disease. However, the disease also affects adults, as well as a current event from Dresden. There has been diagnosed in a student, and the measles Virus. As the young woman stopped in different rooms of the University, is expected to be a consequence of diseases.
Highly contagious measles Virus diagnosed
In the past few months, health experts have always stressed on the increasing number of measles cases in Germany and the population encouraged to have the Vaccination check. Also in the case of a student of the Technical University (TU) Dresden has now been measles the highly contagious Virus diagnosed. Because the young woman has stayed in various rooms of the University, is expected to be a consequence of diseases. Students and staff of the University are advised to can, if appropriate, by a physician.
It is expected to be a result of diseases
According to a notice from the health Department in Dresden, a student of the TU Dresden is sick with the measles.
The information suggests that the young woman visited on Tuesday, may 8. January and on Wednesday, may 9. January Lectures in different buildings of the University and ate in the Mensa of the Studentenwerk.
Since the disease on Thursday, the 10. January broke out, it is taken care medically. The incubation period is eight to ten days.
Therefore, it is expected in the next few days, with follow-on diseases, said in a communication to the authority, which was published on the website of the TU Dresden.
Transmission by droplet infection
Measles is a highly contagious disease. According to the health Department contact non-immunized individuals with the Virus with a very high probability leads to a disease.
Excluded are persons who are vaccinated or even already of measles were ill.
Transmission is by droplet infection. When you cough, Sneeze or Talk, the pathogens get into the air and can even give over a few meters distance from the disease.
The stay in a room may be sufficient, where the duration of contact plays no role. In General, the virus die in the air after a couple of hours.
Typical skin rash develops after four to seven days
The disease usually starts as a cold with high fever, cough,, inflammation of the nose and throat, and eye conjunctiva as well as white lime splash-like spots on the oral mucosa.
After three to seven days, the typical rash that starts behind ears and face, then all over the body spread to four to seven days remains in place.
The rash is spotty, nodular, and into each other fluently; Hand and soles of the feet usually remain spared, with time, the red spots are darker.
The decay of the rash may cause flaking of the skin.
Ill are five days before and four days after the onset of rash contagious. Patients should keep in this time, if possible, bed rest and no visitors received.
Every tenth Diseased it comes to complications. Especially infants and small children are not at risk because they have a sufficient level of immune protection.
Measles weaken for at least six weeks after the disease, the immune system, so that other pathogens can poor be blocked.
So it can be inflammation to the middle ear, diarrhoea, airway and lung inflammation, as well as the dreaded meningitis, which occurs in 0.1 percent of cases, and in ten to 20 percent of these cases can be fatal.
A recent measles disease behind life-long immunity.
Vaccination status check
The Dresden public health office advises for the appearance of the typical disease characteristics, to consult the family doctor. In the case, the practice should be set in the run-up to the suspicion in order to avoid infection of other patients.
In addition, it is pointed out to check the measles vaccination status and, if necessary refresh.
Measles vaccinations are smallpox vaccinations as a Combination called measles-Mumps-rubella-vaccination, carried out today, often in combination with a vaccine against the wind. In principle, two vaccinations are required in order to be fully protected.
In Germany, measles vaccination for children is recommended from the eleventh month of life for infants in a daycare center as early as the ninth month.
And: “A one-time vaccination against measles is recommended for all adults born after 1970 and not at all or only once in Childhood against measles been vaccinated, or whose vaccination status is unclear,” writes the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on its website.
“People who were born before 1970, made with a high probability of the measles already,” said the experts. (ad)