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Measles Confirmed in Eight Westchester County Children

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Anna Jefferson | 16 April, 2019, 14:13

The Ministry of Health revealed that the last case of indigenous measles in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean occurred in 1991, but cases have been imported here over the years.

Measles is a disease that can often be fatal. The state's health commissioner says most cases have been traced to global travelers returning from Israel and Europe, which have seen a recent surge in measles cases. Currently, New York's MMR vaccination rate is at 91.1 percent, below the 94 percent requirement to achieve herd immunity. This is the epicenter of a measles outbreak that is very, very troubling and must be dealt with immediately.

This is not to say that there is a correlation between being Jewish and contracting measles. Likewise, poorer countries that can not afford to vaccinate their citizens experience bursts of diseases. Herd immunity protects members of the population who are too young or too sick to get immunized.

"This outbreak is being fueled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods", Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said in statement. They have been spreading unsafe misinformation based on fake science, ' Barbot said. Measles has increased by 30 per cent globally, killing more than 100,000 people annually. These attempts include banning unvaccinated children from entering preschools and "public places", although it appears that more drastic measures must be taken.

Dr. Camille Sabella at the Cleveland Clinic says multiple studies involving hundreds of thousands of children prove that the measles vaccine is safe.

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It's the longest outbreak since measles was declared eradicated in the United States in 2000. Experts note that reactions to vaccines can sometimes resemble the disease itself, but cannot result in transmission of the disease, since the disease itself is not present. This leads to cases that arise in the U.S. after being picked up in another country, and that quickly spread to unvaccinated people that didn't think they would ever encounter it.

The CDC states there are current outbreaks in Rockland County in New York and New York City, Washington, Santa Cruz County in California, Butte County in California, New Jersey and MI.

In 2018, there were three confirmed cases of measles in CT.

There has been one confirmed case in Maryland as of Tuesday.

People born before January 1, 1969 are likely to be immune as measles were rather common, therefore this older age group does not need measles immunisation. Before a vaccine was developed in 1963, 3 million to 4 million Americans came down with the measles each year, leading to 48,000 hospitalizations, 1,000 cases of encephalitis and 400 to 500 deaths. Measles is highly contagious, and nine out of 10 people who are not immune and are exposed to measles will become infected.

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Global measles cases up by 300 percent in 2019 Global measles cases up by 300 percent in 2019 They added: "More than 20 million lives have been saved through measles vaccination since the year 2000 alone". The agency said actual numbers may be far greater, since only one in 10 cases globally are reported.