Measles cases in U.S. hit highest mark in 25 years

Measles cases in U.S. hit highest mark in 25 years

Measles cases in U.S. hit highest mark in 25 years

"This is alarming", said Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University vaccine expert.

"The very best way to prevent the measles or any vaccine preventable diseases is to get the vaccine", said Hamilton.

Both Florida and Georgia are reporting cases, joining at least 20 other states that have previous cases this year. The agency is "currently receiving, reviewing, and validating reports of measles cases from state and local health departments", spokesman Jason McDonald said. Outbreaks have been identified by the CDC in NYC, Washington, Michigan, New York state's Rockland County, California's Butte County, and New Jersey. Most of those cases have been in unvaccinated people. These clusters of infected individuals spread the highly contagious disease to others who haven't been vaccinated, including children too young for the vaccine and others who have compromised health. Tiny white spots appear inside the mouth 2-3 days after symptoms begin.

For more information on the disease and vaccine, please go to www.alabamapublichealth.gov/immunization/assets/measlesflyer.pdf or https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/ or contact the ADPH Immunization Division at 800-469-4599. Those who have had measles are immune. This is the greatest number of imported cases since measles was eliminated from the U.S.in 2000, according to the agency. But it has made comebacks since then.

The contagious nature of the disease coupled with global travel and communities with low vaccination rates have all contributed to the spike in cases being seen in the U.S.

"Many parents are afraid".

Public health physician Dr Andrew Langley said the person acquired the measles infection in South East Asia where it was most common. "It's not so easy to discern what is real and what is not".

Symptoms include a fever, a runny nose, coughing, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye tissue) and a rash, which usually appears 10 to 21 days after the exposure. Severe complications may include pneumonia, swelling of the brain, and death. No deaths have been recorded this year.

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"This appearance of measles is a reminder about the importance of vaccines in protecting our population, and we urge everyone who has not been vaccinated to do so now to protect themselves, their families, their coworkers and their communities".

As of April 19, 2019, the CDC had confirmed 626 measles cases in the US.

New York City is facing the largest measles outbreak since 1991.

In 1994 there were 963 cases.

The CDC issued an advisory earlier this week that warned the USA is about to exceed its post-eradication record number of measles cases per year...and it'll probably happen within weeks, not months.

According to the World Health Organization and CDC, the increase in measles cases are seen emerging in communities with low vaccination numbers.

Dr Shoemack said the European backpacker, who has since recovered, has returned home and the people she infected have also all recovered from their illnesses.

There have been three measles-related deaths reported in the US since 2000, the last one in 2015. That's more than the 667 cases reported in 2014, when one large outbreak primarily among unvaccinated people in Amish communities in OH accounted for more than half of the total that year.

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