Measles Outbreak Across United States

February 8, 2019

Measles were declared eliminated 20 years ago as a public health threat in the United States, but has since re-emerged.

Outbreaks of the respiratory virus have been confirmed in nearly a dozen states across the country so far this year and have been directly correlated with unvaccinated travelers in and out of the U.S.

From the same virus family as mumps (Paramyxoviridae,) measles are highly contagious and a disease found only in humans.

According to the CDC, measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Spread through sneezing and coughing, the virus can live in the air for up two hours. 

Although the CDC recommends the MMR vaccine to best prevent the disease, proper disinfection and hand washing can help contain the spreading of the virus.

Both Husky 891 Arena Disinfectant and Husky 814 Q/T Tuberculocidal Spray Disinfectant Cleaner can be effective on hard surfaces against the enveloped Paramyxovirus virus.