USA measles cases surge again as outbreak nears record

Henrietta Brewer
April 16, 2019

Yet last week, 90 new cases were reported by the Centers for Disease Control. "Many countries are in the midst of sizable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases", the WHO said.

U.S. federal health officials said on Monday the number of confirmed cases of measles in the United States this year jumped by almost 20% in the week ended 11 April - the country's second-worst outbreak in almost two decades. "These cases were imported from other countries, but because of low vaccination coverage in these communities, measles is spreading widely throughout these communities". The highest number of reported cases since 2000 was 667 in 2014, according to the CDC.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there have been 555 individual confirmed cases of measles since the start of the year in 20 states. The virus can be prevented with the MMR vaccine, which also protects against mumps (a viral infection that affects the salivary glands) and rubella (also a viral infection that is identified by its distinctive red rash). Health officials have since said the recent uptick in nationwide measles outbreaks was due to misinformation spread from the anti-vaccination movement.

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) also released a report stating that the number of reported global cases of measles has increased by 300 percent in the first few months of 2019, in comparison to the same period of time past year.

Most of the NY cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities. "It would be a travesty for children's health if there were widespread outbreaks of diseases which can kill or permanently damage children". His research was found to be based on fraudulent data, the study was retracted, and the doctor lost his medical license.

The CDC recommends that children get two doses of MMR vaccine, with the first dose administered at between 12 and 15 months of age and the second dose at four to six years of age.

Claims about health risks from vaccines are "based purely on fabrication", he continued.

Measles can be serious for all age groups, but it is most unsafe for children under 5 and adults over 70. "That's been proven. There is no association whatsoever between the measles vaccine and autism".

The measles virus is highly contagious and can lead to complications and death, particularly in children. Officials there banned children not vaccinated against measles from public spaces last month.

Almost a quarter of measles patients are hospitalised with complications that can lead to disabilities, brain damage, blindness and hearing loss. "When measles was rampant before the vaccines were available, it was one of the most devastating diseases globally and in the United States". The Ukraine has recorded about 37,000 cases this year.

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