The Health Directorate (DGS) announced on Wednesday that 14 cases of measles were reported since the beginning of the month, and 10 were confirmed by the National Health Organization. Ricardo Jorge.
All cases had been registered in the vicinity of Lisbon and Tagus Valley. These are two different cases, "both of which result from cases of imported disease from European countries," the DGS said in a statement.
So far, all the cases found are anxious for adults, one of them in hospital and clinically stable.
This, at present, is smaller than the one found in February this year. From that period up to June, 112 cases of measles were confirmed, 107 of which were resident in the North, two in the Central and three regions of the Lisbon and Dyffryn Valley regions.
The cases at the beginning of the year did not have classic excavation features. The population affected by these cases was discharged and so the disease was "properly adapted, very understandable, with a lack of risk of transfer," explained general director of Health, Graça Freitas, in an interview with PÚBLICO in a month August.
In April 2017, the death of a 17-year-old woman, following bilateral pneumonia, was the first in several years caused by measles. The teenage girl was not discharged.
The disease, which was eliminated almost in Portugal since 1994, has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) during the summer of 2016, due to parents who choose not to with child vaccination. Although there are some "hesrys movements", in the words of Graça Freitas, Portugal is one of the European countries with the highest dosage rate with two doses.
Measles' death has again given an extremely infectious disease on the agenda, reopening the subject of the vaccine. At the time, the general director of Health, Francisco George's appeal to the population to trust in science.
Amongst the critics that oppose the option of not vaccining children are the pediatrician Mário Cordeiro, which kills the neglect of parents who do not vaccinate their children, considering that they should be accountable for the consequences of their actions.
Symptoms & measles
When describing the symptomatic of the disease, DGS informs that measles virus is transmitted through direct contact with infectious drops or by spreading in the air when the person who has been infected cough or tissue . Patients are considered to be infectious four days before up to four days after the appearance of the vaccine.
Symptoms usually appear between 10 and 12 days after the person is infected, and usually they start a fever, rash (moving from top to bottom and lower extremities), cough, foolish and thirsty.
The General Health Directorate advises the vaccine to everyone who will travel or participate in international events. The vaccine is free and it is included in the National Health Service National Vaccination Program.