MESLI NGER: Municipal consultant Preben Aavitsland in the municipality of Arendal notes that the patient who has been diagnosed with measles has been isolated but may have been contagious for several days. Illustration photo: Valerie Everett / Flickr.com
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Infection disease consultant Preben Aavitsland says that the case reported in Arendal is not about outbreaks.
On Tuesday afternoon, the municipality's superior was confirmed by the National Institute of Public Health that a patient in Arendal recently had measles. It informs municipal consultant Preben Aavitsland in the municipality of Arendal in a press release
Infectious for six days
– The patient, who was vaccinated as a child abroad, was infected during travel in Europe before the disease broke out in Arendal. The patient was infectious here in Arendal from May 9 to May 15, when the patient was isolated in the home by a vigilant doctor.
To the local newspaper, Geita Aatvitsland informs that there is no question of an outbreak, because it is a simple case for a person who has been infected abroad. Municipal surgeon will not give out information about which part of the municipality the isolated patient comes from.
May have infected
Aavitsland estimates that perhaps five percent of the population of Arendal lack immunity to measles
– It may be that the patient has encountered some of these. Since it takes 10-14 days from infection to disease, new cases will appear here or next week. Doctors and emergency rooms are urged to be vigilant, he says.
Fairs begin with fever, cough, coryza and photophobia and are then difficult to distinguish from many other diseases. But after a few days the fever falls and a rash comes behind the ears and spreads rapidly to the whole body. After a few days the rash disappears. Serious pathology is rare
– People who think they may have had a messlor, can call their regular doctor during the day or the emergency room (116 117) in the evening and on weekends the municipality's superiors say.
Most born before 1960 have been measles and are immune to the rest of their lives. Some people born in the 1960s and early 1970s may have avoided both illness and vaccination. Most born in the 1970s and later vaccinated and are immune for the rest of their lives. Children are vaccinated against measles at 15 months of age. Adults who want vaccination can arrange this with their doctor.