U.S. Measles Outbreak Hits New Record High

Henrietta Brewer
June 2, 2019

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday that 971 cases of measles have been reported so far this year. There were sums of 963 USA instances of measles in the year 1992, according to CDC data.

Measles, once common in the USA, became rare after vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s.

The vast majority of this year's cases have been in New York City.

Outbreaks in Original York City and Rockland County, Original York, relish persisted for practically about seven months, in accordance with the CDC.

The disease was declared effectively eliminated from the U.S. in 2000.

The Chicago Department of Public Health today announced the launch of a new web-based application that helps Chicago residents locate where they can receive the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Moreover, this year's record-breaking cases and ongoing outbreaks could undo the decades of effort that public health officials put into eliminating the virus in the U.S.in 2000, the CDC said this week. A vocal fringe of parents opposes vaccines, believing, contrary to scientific studies, that ingredients in them can cause autism. "The greater danger is the disease that vaccination prevents", said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D.

The US is experiencing a measles epidemic, after an anti-vaccination movement swept the nation, leaving thousands vulnerable to infection.

More than 500 cases have been diagnosed in two Brooklyn neighborhoods - Williamsburg and Borough Park - and they are mainly among unvaccinated children in Orthodox Jewish communities. Forty-two have been hospitalized, including 12 treated in intensive care units. City officials say 123 people have received summonses for not complying with the order. If this year ends that accomplishment, it would be an enormous public-health loss, experts said.

While the virus hasn't reached OH, it has been reported in 26 other states, including MI and Pennsylvania.

"Your decision to vaccinate will protect your family's health and your community's well-being", Redfield said. Maybe that pattern will hold this year, too, said Dr. Peter Hotez, an infectious diseases expert at the Baylor College of Medicine.

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