Measles case confirmed in New Mexico

Henrietta Brewer
May 21, 2019

"Unfortunately, we are revisiting diseases from another generation", said Jason Schwartz, an assistant professor of health policy at the Yale School of Public Health.

Scientists at the Bruno Kessler Foundation and Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, looked at vaccination trends in countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia, Italy and the US. Measles is still common in many parts of the world.

They concluded that in order to keep the percentage of the population susceptible to catching measles under 7.5% by 2050 - the level at which measles is regarded as eliminated - further action is needed. After the introduction of 2 MMR dose during 1989 these three diseases started witnessing rapid decline and in within a few years' mumps cases decreased by almost 99 % with just a few hundred cases reported. These new cases have been witnessed in 31 states along with District of Columbia.

Many children who were not immunised are now at university.

No deaths have been reported this year, but 66 patients were hospitalized.

The recent outbreak of measles in the United States is cause for concern for every Amercian. But CDC said that travelers from countries where the virus remain a top concern contribute to USA measles outbreak. That includes the largest outbreaks in NY. Symptoms of measles infection usually begin with high fever, cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis several days prior to developing a body rash. A very small fraction of those infected can suffer complications such as pneumonia and a risky swelling of the brain. However, the NMDOH later clarified that the child did, in fact, have a confirmed case of the measles.

A King County woman has been diagnosed with measles, the sixth confirmed case of the highly contagious disease in the Puget Sound region this week. Rockland County is around 40 miles north of New York City.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also said he "wouldn't rule out anything" when asked whether unvaccinated children should be banned from schools. It was a limited order, and half already are out of quarantine, officials said Monday.

Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated if they haven't received the vaccine in the past.

It's been more than 25 years since those kinds of measures were taken against measles, Schwartz said.

Outbreaks of mumps tend to occur among people that have close contact with each other like school/college and sports complex.

But, Rhodes said, it's an issue that employers should be thinking about, too.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said that vaccine deniers - known as antivaxxers - are risking a "public health timebomb".

"That's overly punitive", he said.

Five of the six measles cases most recently found in Washington were identified in adults.

County health vaccinations must be scheduled six weeks before trips - and costs vary. "To wait is a recipe for medical disaster".

Meanwhile, there is a new wave of efforts in state legislatures to end philosophical and religious exemptions to vaccination requirements in schools.

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