Nagpur: In a very rare case, a 30-year-old man from Dongargaon has tested positive for measles, which is mainly seen in children. Senior doctors at AIIMS-Nagpur, where this patient is also undergoing treatment, have said that when he was admitted four days back, the man was showing all the standard symptoms of measles, Including a rash on his face.
Both enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and RT-PCR results of the person who came on Sunday also confirmed that he was positive for measles.
Dr. Prashant Joshi, head of the department of medicine at AIIMS, has also said that he has seen very few such cases in his three-decade-long career. “When the patient reached AIIMS, he had a temperature up to 104 degrees F, heart rate up to 140, blisters in the mouth and a rash on his face. We informed the district health administration after the lab report confirmed measles,” Dr. Prashant Joshi said.
District Health Officer Dr. Deepak Selokar has also said in this regard that the officials have started the survey of the same area of Dongargaon where the person was staying. “Our team of experts will visit the area and conduct a survey. They will be distributing tablets and testing residents with similar symptoms. A decision on introducing additional doses of MMR will be taken after the survey.” They said.
They will recover without showing major symptoms
As per NMC records, Measles cases are very rare in adults. In December 2022, a 23-year-old man was also diagnosed with measles. But by the time the positive result came, the patient had completely recovered.
The patient admitted to AIIMS is also being told to be vaccinated in childhood. But he is not at all sure whether he had a natural infection of measles in his childhood or not. Doctors have also theorized that the herd immunity acquired by people against measles due to vaccination may have waned during the pandemic, and similar very surprising results are being reported now.
“Further investigations and surveys will confirm the prevalence of measles in the adult population. Since most of them have been vaccinated, they will recover without showing major symptoms,” said a senior doctor at GMCH.