Monday, 27 May, 2019

USA recorded 75 new measles cases last week

839 cases of measles reported in 23 states; no confirmed cases in Alabama Number of measles cases in US hits 25-year-high
Anna Jefferson | 16 May, 2019, 00:07

Now, the current measles outbreak is much smaller than the one 30 years ago, and the reasons behind it are very different.

Measles cases have been reported in 23 states this year. The majority of the measles cases are in NY, but some are in Missouri.

The United States recorded 75 new cases of the measles in the last week, totaling 839 cases in the country's worst outbreak of the virus since 1994, federal health officials said on Monday. These areas are home to the Orthodox Jewish communities that have been reporting an increasing number of cases since October.

This comes as New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene declared a state of emergency, warning Brooklyn's residents of fines to the tune of Dollars 1,000 if they refuse to get vaccinated.

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"We are making progress against this risky disease, but this outbreak is still a public health emergency and we need the entire community's help to end it", Rockland County Executive Ed Day said in a statement Friday.

By the time the outbreak hit in 1990, the CDC estimated that about half of all inner-city toddlers in New York City had not been vaccinated by their second birthday. That does not include the cases in New York City which totaled 466 as of Tuesday; 410 of those have been reported this year.

Last week New York City health officials said 84 summonses had been issued for violations to people who are unvaccinated and they could be fined as per an emergency declaration that was issued in April. NY became the first state to require a measles booster shot, which is now required across the country and is said by the CDC to increase the effectiveness of the vaccine from 93% to 97%. "And that is why in Washington state, we are against measles", Inslee said at a press conference Friday.

Babies between 6 months and 12 months should be vaccinated before worldwide travel or if they live in a community experiencing an outbreak.

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