Monday, October 04, 2010

Measles News

The Dr called Caelyn.  He said he had the hospital report in front of him that said they suspected measles or slapped cheek syndrome.  They are quarantined and not to leave the house until tonight after the surgery has closed, then Nigel is to drive them to the surgery where they will be examined and have throat and saliva swabs taken for testing.

If the tests are positive, the Dr says there will be a problem as Teresa Jayne has recently been vaccinated with the MMR.  They would have to call all children who had the vaccine from that batch to come for screening and possible re-vaccination.

In the meantime, the school has been alerted and is waiting on reports.  This could be the start of a lot of inconvenience for a lot of people.  The thing is, it is most infectious before the rash shows itself, and it starts off looking like an ordinary cold.  Wendy went to school with a cold last week, and measles spreads by droplet infection.  Our kids are fine and healthy and very unlikely to have complications, but people with other diseases or compromised immunity systems, like people having cancer treatment, could be at great risk of complications.

Lets all just hope for the best.

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