With measles on the rise, vaccine is still best defense

Henrietta Brewer
May 13, 2019

Two other Texas counties made the list, as well.

The Columbia County Health Department also has no reported cases of measles: a spokesperson who declined to go on mic says officials are engaged in "daily surveilling".

More than 700 measles cases have been confirmed in the first four months of this year, according to the study.

The predictions were published today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Even though vaccination rates in California are typically high, there are communities with low vaccination rates, allowing a single case to spread quickly.

The annual number of measles cases in Australia has ranged between 10 and 340 since 2000, with the spike attributed to returned travellers.

Hillsborough's risk for an outbreak has been on the rise since 2016, the study says.

Outbreaks in the U.S. commonly occur in communities with lower vaccination rates, including the Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish populations.

Their numbers are up from 2014, when 734 students - or 5.59 percent of those enrolled in the county - received religious exemptions.

"Local health authorities are working hard to contain the diseases spread, but we are concerned that there is a risk of measles becoming established in New Zealand again". Everything we do or don't do in medicine has risks, but in the case of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, the risk is quite small.

"Since the recent measles outbreaks, we have also increased our social media outreach to educate parents on when children should receive the MMR vaccine, the dangers of measles and how to protect themselves and others", said Hylsky with Panhandle Health.

After San Diego's Hepatitis A outbreak in 2017 and the likelihood of measles traveling down from LA county this year, Khambata urges students to practice basic health and safety etiquette. He said his organization also wanted to see the introduction of a national vaccination registry, to make it easier to remind people about that second shot.

According to CBS News, most of the measles cases were affecting unvaccinated children in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City.

"Anti-vaxxers are denying the best and very successful medical science we have and choosing instead to rely on fraudulent claims, such as a purported link to autism, that have been uniformly debunked by evidence and analysis over the last two decades", wrote coauthor Sahotra Sarkar, professor of philosophy and integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin. The researchers warned the most at-risk areas that have yet to report a case are those with global airports, such as Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Two counties in particular - Queens County, New York, and Multnomah County, Oregon - lie adjacent to the epicenters of large outbreaks that have fueled the nation's high total of measles cases for 2019: Brooklyn, New York, and Clark County, Washington.

Travel to and from China, India, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Thailand and Ukraine appears to pose the greatest measles risk, according to the study.

"These are really preventable outbreaks, and there's no reason we should be seeing measles outbreaks in the USA today", Gardner said.

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