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Measles claims 9th victim in Yala, 3 critically ill

By The Nation

 

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A mother holds her child as nurses at the Tambon Yala Health Promotion Hospital in Yala’s Muang district vaccinate him against measles yesterday. There have been several measles deaths in the province this year. Photo Nakharin Chinnawornkomol

 

A CHILD SUCCUMBED to measles in Yala province yesterday morning, bringing the number of deaths from the disease in the southernmost province this year to nine, Yala Provincial Public Health Office head Dr Songkran Maichum said.

 

Three other children are now critically ill with measles at Yala Hospital.

 

Admitting the disease outbreak in the province was “worrying”, he said his office aimed to have 7,000 at-risk children – especially those aged between five months and five years old - in Yala vaccinated by November 4. He said the main reasons for the fatalities were that the patients had not been brought to hospital early enough, dying from subsequent health complications, and not been vaccinated at an early age. 

 

He also said the 8,000 doses of vaccines available were sufficient, though the office has requested for another batch of 3,000 doses. 

 

Songkran noted that the most-affected districts were Yaha, Bannang Sata and Kabang.

 

Health officials continued vaccinating young children against measles yesterday. Acting director of Tambon Yala Health Promotion Hospital, Nurse Thelma Doyor, led a team to vaccinate 15 children in Ban Pajo (Moo 3) in Muang district. Aiming to cover the area’s 108 toddlers, the hospital will ask for additional doses so as to cover the rest by November 4, she said. The hospital had previously vaccinated 35 children.

 

Abdul-Roning Abdulloh, the imam of Ban Pajo Mosque, said he was inviting residents to have their children vaccinated, as he was able to confirm that it is acceptable for Muslims to receive the vaccine. He cited his previous consultation with many Muslim doctors about the vaccine, as some people were afraid that the vaccinations were not in accordance with halal principles.

 

The imam added that he will tell people during the Friday prayer assembly that vaccines were necessary to protect young children.

 

Songkran said officials giving the vaccines have been told to download a video clip featuring statements from the Sheikhul Islam Office and Provincial Islamic Committees saying this treatment is acceptable. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30356976

 
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I'm amazed. Every other kid I knew got measles in my youth, it was one of those rites of childhood, but no-one died. Like mumps and a myriad of other childhood diseases. Maybe us Westerners just have more resilience, our forbears having been through the same experience. Or maybe they just kept it's seriousness from us. I'd be interested to know the death rate from measles amongst kids in the UK in the 50s.

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1 hour ago, nausea said:

I'm amazed. Every other kid I knew got measles in my youth, it was one of those rites of childhood, but no-one died. Like mumps and a myriad of other childhood diseases. Maybe us Westerners just have more resilience, our forbears having been through the same experience. Or maybe they just kept it's seriousness from us. I'd be interested to know the death rate from measles amongst kids in the UK in the 50s.

you're aware there are 2 types of measles right? ... with very different outcomes

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1 hour ago, nausea said:

I'm amazed. Every other kid I knew got measles in my youth, it was one of those rites of childhood, but no-one died. Like mumps and a myriad of other childhood diseases. Maybe us Westerners just have more resilience, our forbears having been through the same experience. Or maybe they just kept it's seriousness from us. I'd be interested to know the death rate from measles amongst kids in the UK in the 50s. 

and here are the deaths in uk..

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/measles-deaths-by-age-group-from-1980-to-2013-ons-data/measles-notifications-and-deaths-in-england-and-wales-1940-to-2013

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9 minutes ago, lupin said:

one is "look it up yourself" ... the other is "google it"

I did, & couldn't see that there are, & that dear boy is why I asked you.

 

Keep your replies civil, if that's at all possible.

 

 

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6 hours ago, lupin said:

Thanks for that, and they're pretty insignificant given that every other kid I knew got it and survived, endemic at the time but not particularly virulent. It was considered a childhood disease, worth a few days in bed. Not like tubercolosis for instance. I still remember the sanitorium at a seaside resort I used to frequent. Now if you had tubercolosis you had a real problem.

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

 ... some people were afraid to have their kids vaccinated due to a rumour that it was not in accordance with halal principles.

What a sad state of affairs in the year 2018. Parents are more fearful of their religious superstitions than the very real threat to their children's lives.

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12 hours ago, faraday said:

I did, & couldn't see that there are, & that dear boy is why I asked you.

 

Keep your replies civil, if that's at all possible.

 

 

Maybe he's talking about German Measles(Rubella) and Measles.

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12 minutes ago, faraday said:

Didn't know that Rubella aka 'German Measles' was in fact another type, although caused by a different Virus, & has a different vaccine.

My schoolboy biology lessons memories are that Rubella was discovered by German doctors hence the name German Measles. Whether it is a much less serious type of the measles virus or a totally different one I have no idea.

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2018 and a group of ignorant people still exist. I am not surprised as

a couple in Alberta Canada, basically killed their son as they did

not believe in the health care system, and only took their kid to

the hospital one day before he died, at 13 months old, I swear there are

stupid people all over the planet.

Geezer

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