Measles continues to spread in U.S., 764 cases reported

Henrietta Brewer
May 8, 2019

It is highly contagious and anyone who is not vaccinated against the virus can get it at any age.

Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have both reported 4 confirmed cases of measles, according to CDPH.

Officials have also warned that certain adults living in areas hard-hit by the epidemic, which include parts of California, New Jersey and MI, may need another shot to ensure that they are protected from measles.

NY has had the most illnesses this year, by far.

So far, the latest outbreak of Measles in the US has become the largest since the disease was considered eradicated here in the early 2000s - at over 700 confirmed cases, three of which are in CT. In New York City, where some 423 cases have been recorded, Mayor Bill de Blasio last month issued a mandatory vaccination order for Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood and other communities hard-hit by the disease.

Pennsylvania reported five cases as of May 2, becoming new to the list of states with measles cases.

Popular European tourist destinations such as France and Italy had more than 2,400 measles cases each from March 2018 to February 2019, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, an EU agency.

Dr. Karen Smith, director and state public health officer at the California Department of Public Health, spoke on last week's call about the use of quarantine at Cal State and UCLA to try to prevent the number of cases from growing in her state.

"These outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring", the CDC said.

Soon after, the Advance reported that there was a measles exposure at Newark Airport, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

The MMR vaccine, which is considered extremely safe, is approximately 97 percent effective at preventing measles after two doses, according to the CDC.

People who are planning to travel internationally who have not had measles or the MMR vaccine are advised to complete vaccination two to three weeks before departing to ensure protection against the disease.

"Let there be no doubt: not only are the risks of vaccination severely overblown, the benefits are just as underplayed", he said.

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