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Eleven Month Old Child Infected by Measles

An 11 month old child was diagnosed with measles last weekend. The virus is thought to have entered into the country via a person that came to Iceland from the Philippines last February 14 on an Icelandair flight, the Directorate of Health has stated.

The child, who was on the same Icelandair flight, is the first to have caught the virus from the individual, and currently considered to be the only one. The child was unvaccinated but has since received treatment and vaccination. After the original person’s sickness became apparent, a warning was sent out to those who travelled on the same flight, and a subsequent flight to Egilsstaðir taken by the unnamed patient zero.

Measles are a virus and are considered a highly contagious infectious disease. Around 10% of children who contract measles run the risk of further health complications, such as encephalitis and pneumonia, as a result.

In Iceland, children around 18 months are vaccinated against the virus, making the disease a rare occurrence in the country. Since 2016, however, there have been repeated cases of measles in flights that have had a layover in Iceland. Luckily, the virus has had a hard time spreading, due to the country’s herd immunity, stemming from years of successful vaccination.

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