Task 2 Essay

1232 Words Nov 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Task 2, Community Health (C228)
Edward Croston
Western Governors University

Task 2, Community Health (C228)
MEASLES
Measles was at one time in the not too distant past, a killer of those that became infected. Measles has been around for centuries. The first published, written account of the disease was in the ninth century by a Persian doctor. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website on measles, it was not until 1757 that a Scottish physician, named Francis Home, proved that something infectious in the blood was causing the disease. By the early 1900’s, the United States began requiring every healthcare provider and laboratory to report all identified cases, with approximately 6,000 deaths being
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Some by choice and others by not having the opportunity or availability to get the vaccine. This makes an epidemic, which could easily and quickly spread into a pandemic, a real threat to lives and the economy, both locally and globally.
An epidemic in Clay County, Florida would present many challenges to the communities’ economy. The Clay County Health Department’s (CCHD) Epidemiology Department plays a role in ensuring that all communicable disease are reported and contained within the guidelines of the Florida Statues required in Chapter 381.0031 (1,2). The department collects reports from medical providers, hospitals, labs, schools, and partners in the community to conduct disease surveillance and investigate any suspected outbreaks of infectious diseases. ("Chapter 381.0001 Public Health," 2015, p. 4) The CCHD has a website with information on how to report an infectious disease along with a phone number and a list of reportable infectious diseases.
A measles outbreak would affect the community in several ways. An outbreak could prompt the closure of schools to prevent further infection. There are some children in the school system that are not vaccinated. In recent years there has been a trend of not vaccinating children due the eradication of some diseases and the high incidence of autism and other problems possibly related to vaccines. School closing would impact the business community too due to employees needing to be home with their children. Some business

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