Community Health- Communicable Diseases

Community Health- Communicable Diseases Essay example
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Community Health- Communicable Diseases [Name of Student] [Name of Affiliate Institution] Part A Introduction Measles or Rubeola is a communicable disease that affects mostly children under the age of five years. Before extensive vaccination of the disease, approximated related deaths were 2.6 million every year, in 1980 according to a study conducted by (Center for Disease Control (CDC), 2012).


This highly transmissible virus is spread via coughing, sneezing, contact with infected nasal or throat secretions or physical contact with infected individual. It can remain in the air or infected surface in its active virulent form for as long as two hours. Infected individuals can spread the virus from four days before up to four days after the manifestation of the signs or symptoms (Center for Disease Control (CDC), 2012). Respiratory diseases such as measles and Tuberculosis are usually very communicable because most of them are transmitted airborne. Care should be taken to ensure that in case of an outbreak the disease is contained within the shortest time possible to prevent an epidemic. Epidemiological Indicators Epidemiological indicators may be confused as they are similar to normal flu; however there are key indicators that would help one identify the symptoms with ease. Measles is characterized by high fever with temperatures higher or equal to 38.70 C, red watery eyes (a condition referred to as conjuvitis), runny nose and cough. These manifest 6 to10 days after infection with the virus. There is appearance of a red discolored rash on the face and the upper neck area accompanied by appearance of white-bluish spots in the buccal cavity, inside the cheeks. ...
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