Measles Cases in U.S. Spike to Highest Levels in 20 Years
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A growing concern among healthcare-providing organizations is the fact that measles infections in the United States have soared to the highest level in two decades. The number is expected to increase during the upcoming summer months.
Measles is a respiratory disease with symptoms that include fever, cough, running nose, red eyes, sore throat and a red rash; it spreads from breathing, coughing and sneezing and is highly contagious.
Cases have been confirmed in people as young as two weeks old and older than 65 years in 18 states with a large number of outbreaks in New York and California. Ohio officials have logged 164 cases in six counties, surpassing the reported CDC totals.
Health officials are warning Americans to heed the warning and not risk coming down with this potentially deadly disease. The measles virus usually causes only a high fever and rash, but can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness and even death.
Behind California and Ohio, New York registered the third highest breakout during the February and March time period. It was concentrated in Upper Manhattan where cases are believed to have spread in hospital waiting / exam rooms via an air-borne pocket of the virus from patients coughing or not covering their months when sneezing.
The virus is very contagious. So much, in fact, that if someone with measles left one of the above-mentioned waiting / exam rooms, it has been shown that another person entering the room, over the next two hours, could easily be exposed to the virus. In addition, this air-borne virus could easily attach itself to the lab coat of a staff member and make its way into other areas of the hospital, increasing the odds of spreading the virus through the entire building.
An article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Infection discussed the concerns with the transmission of airborne infections in enclosed spaces and the ultraviolet light solution that is being looked at more closely:
“These concerns [airborne spread of disease] have prompted a resurgence of interest in measures to control airborne pathogens. Methods that have recently been discussed by researchers in the area include improving mechanical ventilation…and the use of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) devices both within rooms and in air-conditioning ducts.”
In an era when antibiotics are increasingly ineffective against the spread of disease, new solutions are required. One of the most promising systems Improved Illumination continues to promote is the in-room Arcalux Health Risk Management System (HRMS) that uses ultraviolet light to constantly rid the air of infectious organisms. Because it is an in-room system, it provides immediate and constant protection, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that effectively surrounds a patient and staff with clean air, hence reducing the chance of infection and the associated concerns mentioned above.
Hospitals are always questioning their “return on investment” when they initiate new technologies. Preventing the unnecessary airborne spread of disease could be one of the most productive investments for patient health as well as the health of those who administer care. Hospitals should be a place to get well and not a place where you acquire disease!
For more information regarding the benefits of this proven, 24/7 solution, highly effective solution, please contact Improved Illumination at (508) 801-9205 or at info @ improvedillumination.com