Measles cases on the rise

first_imgPrint NewsHealthMeasles cases on the riseBy Staff Reporter – April 5, 2018 1840 Previous articleLimerick groups The Ukeladies and Zion to feature in charity concertNext articleMore arrests as Garda Operation Thor targets burglars Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Advertisement Joint Easter message on Covid 19 from Limerick City and County Council, HSE, UL Hospitals and An Garda Síochána Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention MeaslesTHE NUMBER of cases of Measles in the Mid West is still rising with 27 cases confirmed since the beginning of the year and ha;f of these have had to be hospitalised.People at risk are being urged to get their free vaccination, and this includes adults under the age of 40, who haven’t had or are unsure of they have ad, the jab.The majority of cases are in Limerick City and one is in Clare but linked to Limerick. Almost two thirds of cases are aged between 15 and 40 years demonstrating that measles is not just an illness of childhood.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A free HSE MMR vaccination clinic (no appointment needed) is being held in Barrack View Primary Care Centre, Edward Street, Limerick today (April 5)  and on next Thursday April 12, at 3-4pm.And for the duration of this outbreak MMR vaccination is free of charge to the public from GPs as the HSE is paying for the vaccine and for the GPs to give the vaccine“Measles is a serious public health issue. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 per cent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.,” a HSE spokesman said.“It is spread easily through coughing and sneezing. Measles can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and inflammation of the brain and can, in rare cases, lead to a fatal disease of the brain which develops years after the infection. The mortality rate from measles infection is 1-2 per 1,000 cases.“This measles outbreak is continuing because we do not have herd immunity – i.e. the proportion of the population immune to measles is less than 95 per cent”.Medical experts advise that the only effective protection against measles is two doses of the MMR vaccine. Anyone who has not had two doses of MMR is at high risk of getting measles if they come in contact with someone who has it.Many adults in the at-risk age group also have young children, which means they are more likely to be exposed to measles and may in turn expose their babies and young children to measles if they get it, according to the HSE.The following groups, in particular, should check if they have had two doses of MMR and if not, visit their GP to get immunised as soon as possible. If people do not have a medical record of their vaccination it is not harmful to have extra doses to be on the safe side.·         Parents under the age of 40 who have never had measles or haven’t had the full course of MMR vaccine·         Adults under the age of 40 who work with the public. Some jobs pose more of a risk than others e.g. people who work with children, people who work in healthcare, those who work in education, those working in public offices or services and those who work in retail premises. Measles is very infectious and as this outbreak continues the risk of exposure continues.·         Couples under the age of 40 who may be planning a family. This is as once a woman is pregnant she is unable to get the MMR vaccine until after the baby arrives. Measles increases the risk of miscarriage and still birth. There is no treatment available which reduces this risk.·         Adults and young people under the age of 40 who plan to travel abroad in the coming months. There are a number of large outbreaks of measles in Europe (the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Romania) and across the world currently. Measles can be transmitted easily within the confined space of an airplane to people who are non-immune.Measles vaccine was introduced in Ireland in 1985 and MMR in 1988 which means that most of those aged over 40 are immune to measles due to natural infection but under 40’s  may have missed the vaccination window.Those aged 30 – 34 may have received 1 dose of MMR, while those aged under age 30 years would have had the opportunity to get two doses of MMR but uptake was less than 70% for some age groups.The HSE is advising that It is also important that parents of children in the region to check if their children have had the vaccines appropriate for their age (1st one at 1 year, 2nd one in Junior Infants in primary school).“Parents whose children are sitting exams may wish to prioritise this due to the potential disruption to their exams an infection could cause. It is also especially important in those who are planning to bring their children abroad”.“People who cannot get the MMR vaccine i.e. young infants, pregnant women and those whose immune systems are weakened (cancer patients etc.) are relying on the people around them who can get the MMR vaccine to help protect them”.As part of the outbreak control measures MMR is also being provided free through GPs. The HSE is paying for the vaccine and for the GPs to give the vaccine. Anyone who doesn’t have a medical card will need to give their PPSN.The HSE advises people who have symptoms of measles infection (rash, fever, cough, temperature) to:Stay at home from work. Children should not attend school or crèche.Call the Department of Public Health at 061 – 483338 to advise that you think you/your child may have measles.Telephone your GP so that they can see you at a time/place when no one else is there (to avoid infecting others).A GP may organise a test to confirm the diagnosis – this is usually done by using a small swab that takes a sample of the oral fluid from the mouth.“Patients with symptoms of measles should avoid presenting to the emergency department where possible. If it is necessary to seek urgent care, it is important to inform the ambulance service or emergency department that you have symptoms consistent with measles beforehand so that the appropriate precautions can be taken. Similarly, if you have been in contact with a confirmed case of measles and are seeking medical attention, please inform the healthcare provider before attending,” the spokesman said.An Outbreak Control Team made up of representatives from the HSE is involved in managing the outbreak in an effort to prevent further spread. This involves following up on every case of measles or suspected measles, arranging vaccination for people who have been in contact with someone who is infected, running immunisation clinics and outbreak communications. Twitter Emailcenter_img For more information about the MMR see www.immunisation.ie/More about health here. 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Bears GM Ryan Pace voted Sporting News Executive of the Year for 2018

first_imgMORE: All 2018 Sporting News NFL awards”It’s extremely humbling,” Pace told Sporting News upon reception of his award. “It’s also motivating. (Halas and McCaskey) have really set the high standards we strive to live up to. Every day we walk into Halas Hall. To me it’s just a constant reminder of how fortunate we are to be a part of this.”For Pace, 42, the seeds for success in his fourth year as Chicago’s GM were planted well before January of 2018, but that was when the Bears hired Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history. With a new coaching staff in place, Pace went to work.On the first day of free agency, Pace signed two wide receivers in Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and a tight end in Trey Burton. All three would become major contributors to the Bears’ offense in 2018. In the NFL Draft, Pace landed immediate contributors in linebacker Roquan Smith, left guard James Daniels and wide receiver Anthony Miller.Then came the trade that sent shockwaves throughout the NFL. On the first day of September, Pace dealt a handful of draft picks to the Raiders in exchange for edge rusher Khalil Mack.”The happiest people in the building was probably our secondary,” Pace said of the Mack deal. “It kind of jolted our team at the right moment.”Today we presented @ChicagoBears general manager Ryan Pace with the 2018 Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year award, as voted upon by his fellow NFL team executives.Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/ktAAoTKogn— Sporting News NFL (@sn_nfl) March 24, 2019By the end of the season, Chicago had the league’s top-ranked defense in points allowed per game (17.7). Along with Mack, the defensive stars included defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, who Pace acquired in 2016 free agency and extended in 2017; safety Eddie Jackson, who Pace drafted in 2017; safety Adrian Amos, who Pace drafted in 2015; cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara, both of whom Pace extended in 2018; and linebacker Danny Trevathan, who Pace signed in 2016 free agency.Offensively, the Bears fielded a top-10 unit in 2018 led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who Pace drafted in 2017. Other key contributors included the aforementioned receivers plus running backs Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard, who Pace drafted in 2017 and 2016, respectively; right tackle Bobby Massie, who Pace signed in 2016 free agency; and center Cody Whitehair, who Pace drafted in 2016.Simply put: Pace acquired a ton of talent, and he did it quickly. The result was a 12-4 season in 2018 and Chicago’s first NFC North championship since 2010.”The momentum really started when we hired Matt (Nagy),” Pace said. “It carried into free agency, the draft, and then the Mack trade, and then into the season.”I think really when you think about this award, it’s really a reflection of our whole staff. Our scouts, our coaches, the relationship we have working together. It’s our personnel department and all the hard work by those guys. I feel like this is staff of the year. I feel like we won this together.” For a Chicago Bears executive, being grouped with names like Halas and McCaskey is quite an honor. So Ryan Pace can bask in a kind of glory that expands beyond the distinction typically associated with Sporting News’ Executive of the Year award.Based on a vote of Pace’s peers, fellow executives throughout the NFL, the Bears general manager has been named Sporting News Executive of the Year for 2018. He is the third Bears executive to win the award. Mike McCaskey won the award in 1985, and George “Papa Bear” Halas won the award in 1956. Pace is not alone as a Bear who is being honored for his work in 2018. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who was hired by the Broncos as head coach after the season, was voted Sporting News Coordinator of the Year. Mack, Fuller, Jackson and Cohen were voted to Sporting News’ All-Pro Team.That is six individuals from one team represented in SN’s NFL awards for 2018.Not a bad year for Pace’s Bears.Sporting News Executive of the Year: Past winnersYearWinnerTeam1955Dan ReevesLos Angeles Rams1956George HalasChicago Bears1957-71No awardsN/A1972Dan RooneyPittsburgh Steelers1973Jim FinksMinnesota Vikings1974Art RooneyPittsburgh Steelers1975Joe ThomasBaltimore Colts1976Al DavisOakland Raiders1977Tex SchrammDallas Cowboys1978John ThompsonSeattle Seahawks1979John SandersSan Diego Chargers1980Eddie LeBaronAtlanta Falcons1981Paul BrownCincinnati Bengals1982Bobby BeathardWashington Redskins1983Bobby BeathardWashington Redskins1984George YoungNew York Giants1985Mike McCaskeyChicago Bears1986George YoungNew York Giants1987Jim FinksNew Orleans Saints1988Bill PolianBuffalo Bills1989John McVaySan Francisco 49ers1990George YoungNew York Giants1991Bill PolianBuffalo Bills1992Ron WolfGreen Bay Packers1993George YoungNew York Giants1994Carmen PolicySan Francisco 49ers1995Bill PolianCarolina Panthers1996Bill PolianCarolina Panthers1997George YoungNew York Giants1998Jeff DiamondMinnesota Vikings1999Bill PolianIndianapolis Colts2000Randy MuellerNew Orleans Saints2001Dan RooneyPittsburgh Steelers2002Bruce AllenOakland Raiders2003Scott PioliNew England Patriots2004Scott PioliNew England Patriots2005Art Rooney IIPittsburgh Steelers2006Mickey LoomisNew Orleans Saints2007Ted ThompsonGreen Bay Packers2008Thomas DimitroffAtlanta Falcons2009Bill PolianIndianapolis Colts2010Thomas DimitroffAtlanta Falcons2011Ted ThompsonGreen Bay Packers2012Ryan GrigsonIndianapolis Colts2013No awardN/A2014Steve KeimArizona Cardinals2015Dave GettlemanCarolina Panthers2016Reggie McKenzieOakland Raiders2017Howie RosemanPhiladelphia Eagles2018Ryan PaceChicago Bearslast_img read more