The General Directorate of Health (DGS) announced on Wednesday that 14 cases have been reported since the beginning of the month and 10 of these have been received from the National Institute of Health. Ricardo has been approved by Jorge.
All cases were recorded in Lisbon and Tagus Valley. DGS, in his statement, "both of which are caused by disease cases imported from European countries" are two separate outbreaks.
So far, all cases identified relate to adults, one hospitalized and clinically stable.
This is, for now, a smaller epidemic than the one found in February this year. From this period until June 112 cases of measles have been verified, of which 107 are North, two are Medium, three are Lisbon and Tagus Valley.
The disease, which has been virtually eliminated in Portugal since 1994 and has been liquidated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the summer of 2016, reappears due to parents who do not prefer to vaccinate their children.
In April 2017, the death of a 17-year-old young woman after bilateral pneumonia was one of the first years caused by measles? The young was not vaccinated. The death of the young woman brought the issue of vaccination back to the agenda by bringing the highly contagious disease. At the time, Francisco George, Director General of Health at the time, asked the public to trust in science.
When the 17-year-old child died, a pediatrician, Mário Cordeiro, felt that they should be held accountable for the consequences of their actions and added to the neglect of parents who could not pass on their children.
The measles virus is transmitted by direct contact with infectious droplets or by spreading to the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes. Patients are considered infectious up to four days before the rash four days before the rash.
Measles symptoms usually occur 10 to 12 days after the person becomes infected and usually begins with fever, rash (from the head to the trunk and the lower extremities), cough, conjunctivitis and runny nose.
The General Directorate of Health recommends vaccination to everyone who will participate in or participate in international activities. The vaccine is free of charge and included in the National Vaccination Program of the National Health Service.