Did you know an unvaccinated French boy is apparently responsible for reintroducing measles to Costa Rica? This follows the South American country being free of the contagious disease for five years.
Reports explain the unvaccinated boy and his family arrived in the South American country on February 18. The five-year-old child’s parents allegedly took him to a doctor in Costa Rica, after they became concerned about a rash he had developed.
It was then confirmed it was measles. The boy was immediately treated and kept in strict isolation at the Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in the port town of Puntarenas.
The health ministry is now seeking to establish who came into contact with the infected child, including the people during his flight and stay at the San José hotel where the family stayed for one night.
While there are several arguments against vaccines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says the measles vaccine prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths worldwide from 2000 to 2017.
Did you know, these facts about measles?
- Approximately one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia. This is also the most common cause of death from measles in young children.
- It is speculated that one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain). This can lead to convulsions and can possibly leave the child deaf or with an intellectual disability.
- Out of 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die.
- Despite measles deaths decreasing by 84% worldwide in recent years, from 550,100 deaths in 2000 to 89,780 in 2016, measles is still common in many developing countries. Especially in parts of Africa and Asia. Apparently, an estimated 7 million people were affected by measles in 2016.
With the disease having the capacity to be deadly and leave lasting complications, what are your thoughts on those who refuse to vaccinate their children? If you do not believe in vaccines, why don’t you think vaccines works?