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Infection risk: Man suffering from measles on the way by bus and train - urgent search for contact persons


Measles-sick man was traveling by bus and train: the health department warns fellow travelers

The health office in Miesbach (Upper Bavaria) is looking for contact persons for a man who is acutely ill with measles. The patient had traveled on a coach from Mainz to Munich on Friday, September 6, 2019 and from there traveled in the evening with the Bavarian Oberlandbahn (BOB) to Tegernsee.

According to a message, the measles disease of a patient was reported by a laboratory to the Miesbach district health department. The contact persons are currently being determined and their vaccination status or immunity status checked. A measles disease is contagious up to five days before the typical rash.

Check vaccination status

According to the information, the patient - a German citizen - traveled on Friday September 6, 2019 from Mainz to Munich on a Flixbus coach. The departure in Mainz was at 9:55 a.m. He traveled from Munich between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the evening of the same day with the Bavarian Oberlandbahn (BOB) to Tegernsee. Persons who have also used these means of transport at the times indicated should check their vaccination status immediately in consultation with their family doctor and, if the vaccine protection is incomplete or incomplete, obtain a measles vaccination.

Infectious disease

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease. Even a brief, brief contact in a room can be sufficient for infection. In the case of unvaccinated or insufficiently vaccinated contact persons, the onset of the disease can be effectively suppressed by timely vaccination, if possible within three days of the contact. However, even after long-term contact, vaccination can still have a beneficial effect on the severity of measles.

Typical rash only develops after a few days

As described in the release, the symptoms of measles are initially non-specific, with fever, cough, runny nose, or inflammation in the nasopharynx. It is only after a few days that the typical rash develops, which in most cases begins on the face and behind the ears and then spreads over the whole body. "A measles infection is not a harmless disease, because complications such as otitis media or pneumonia occur in about one in ten patients," writes the office, which indicates that a particularly feared complication of measles disease is brain inflammation. This can lead to permanent damage or even death.

Further illnesses are to be expected

Anyone who has not yet had the infection or is not adequately protected by two vaccinations in childhood or a single vaccination in adulthood can develop measles. According to health experts, a vaccination rate of at least 95 percent of the total population is required to prevent the spread of the disease. For schoolchildren in Bavaria, the rate for two measles vaccinations is 92.2 percent, which is just below the national average of 92.9 percent. Further complications from this measles case must therefore be expected. Potential contact persons are requested to contact Department 43 - Health, Miesbach District Office (phone number 08025/704 4300). (ad)

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