Measles cases up 300% worldwide in 2019, says WHO

Measles cases up 300% worldwide in 2019, says WHO

The number of measles cases across the U.S. rose for the third week in a row, bringing the total to 555 - the highest number in the past five years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Higher rates of the preventable but contagious disease - which can kill a child or leave it blind, deaf or brain-damaged - have been recorded in all regions, the United Nations agency said in a statement, appealing for better vaccination coverage.

It said the number of measles cases worldwide rose to 112,163 against the same period a year ago, citing provisional data.

It added: "Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases".

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Health authorities have worked with rabbis to explain that vaccination is safe, but that still hasn't turned the outbreak around. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and an adviser to the CDC on vaccines.

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It gave no figures for fatalities but noted it estimates that only one in 10 cases is reported globally.

Other states reporting measles cases this year include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Washington. "This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000", the CDC said in a statement. At this time past year, 163 countries had reported 28,124 cases.

New York's mayor declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn last week, after a measles outbreak emerged in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, where some had resisted vaccination on religious grounds.

World Health Organization said that the most dramatic rise in cases - a 700-percent increase compared to past year - has been reported in Africa, which has weaker vaccination coverage than other regions.

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