DSince the beginning of the year, seven cases have been detected in Montreal; two who have recently contracted the disease have contacted infected people who came from outside. Montreal public health authorities hope to stem the possibility of a measles outbreak in the city because hundreds of people are potentially affected by the disease between Saturday and Tuesday.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that is captured by contact with small droplets infected in the air.
Dr. Robert wrote that in the past immunization made it possible to eradicate smallpox and control other diseases from which he was universally vaccinated: diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, rubella and mumps.
He noted that the wild measles virus has the ability to remain silent in the brain tissue of infected people. It is therefore possible that a few years after acute illness, there is a brain degeneration called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.
Yves Robert criticized that people and organizations have created doubts in the community about vaccination. He claimed that this doubt was triggered by a lack of scientific culture.
He concluded the text by asking how a society could accept that an avoidable disease or death reappeared.
The last major measles outbreak in Quebec occurred in 1989; more than 10,000 cases were reported. People born before 1970 are not considered risky, like those born after 1970 who have been vaccinated.
Measles vaccine is considered effective 85% after the first dose and 95% after the second dose.