U.S. Measles Cases Already Top Last Year’s Total

Measles Outbreaks in 2019 Outpace Total for 2018, 2nd Highest Since Disease Eliminated in U.S.

Measles Outbreaks in 2019 Outpace Total for 2018, 2nd Highest Since Disease Eliminated in U.S.

But while outbreaks in the states of Washington and NY have made headlines, measles outbreaks in the first three months of 2019 have also been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, and Texas.

"Until measles is eliminated globally we will continue to see imported cases of measles across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland". That already eclipses last year's 12-month total of 372.

The federal government said that in 2018 the United States experienced 17 measles outbreaks, most concentrated in the state of New York, New York City and New Jersey. It goes without saying that the 387 people who became infected between January 1 and March 28 were unvaccinated.

"Eighty-two people brought measles to the US from other countries in 2018. the greatest number of imported cases since" 2000, the CDC said.

After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains alive for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air.

"As of July 18, 2018, all 50 states and [Washington] DC require vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; polio; measles and rubella (49 states and DC also require mumps vaccination); and the varicella (chickenpox) vaccination", according to ProCon.org.

"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 website states, adding that people should be vaccinated before traveling internationally.

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As of the latest data update Monday, cases have been reported in 15 states across the country, and there have been outbreaks in four of those states as well. Measles can be transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

"The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective", the CDC reports.

Concerns have also been raised about "imported" cases from the Republic - there were 86 reported last year compared to 25 the previous year.

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) A graph provided by the CDC shows the amount of measles cases reported each year.

However, unvaccinated people still run the risk of contracting measles from either traveling or contact with a traveler who picked up the infection from another country where measles may still be common.

"The best way people can protect themselves from measles is to make sure they have been vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine".

It's also what happened a year ago, when visitors from Israel incited a measles outbreak among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

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