US Sees Largest Measles Outbreak Since 2000

US Sees Largest Measles Outbreak Since 2000

A year ago there were only two measles cases reported in the state.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says it's also expanding outreach in communities with low vaccination rates and educating the public on the importance of vaccines.

Historically, measles case counts were vastly higher before vaccination began in 1963. This weekend, the Public Health Department is making it even easier by hosting a clinic to make sure our children's vaccinations are up to date.

"If we are serious about averting the spread of this risky but preventable disease, we need to vaccinate every child, in rich and poor countries alike", UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said in a statement.

Washington, in the country's northwest, declared in January a state of emergency over its outbreak of the airborne infection that causes fever, coughing and rashes that can be deadly in rare cases. Not only is measles unsafe in itself, but its return could mean other vaccine-preventable diseases seemingly consigned to the past may be coming back as well, he said.

There had been six measles cases in Georgia in the last 14 years before the six cases this year. They said it's the best way to protect you and your family from the highly contagious disease.

"The initial child with measles was unvaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring", the NYC Health Department said in a statement on its website.

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"The United States is seeing a resurgence of measles, a disease that had once been effectively eliminated from our country", he said.

Measles kills about 1 in 1,000 who get it, he said.

The World Health Organization says there has been a 300% increase in the number of measles cases worldwide compared to the first three months of 2018. That's why Americans aren't seeing widespread cases of measles. "With a safe and effective vaccine that protects against measles, the suffering we are seeing is avoidable..."

While only one case of measles has been confirmed in Tennessee this year, other states haven't been so fortunate. A vocal fringe of parents opposes vaccines, believing, contrary to scientific studies, that ingredients in them can cause autism. "That's very different from the seven or eight out of 10 parents who are concerned about vaccine safety".

"Since then, there have been additional people from Brooklyn and Queens who were unvaccinated and acquired measles while in Israel". "Vaccines provide that safety".

Measles' return may be an early warning sign of resurgences in other vaccine-preventable diseases such as rubella, chickenpox and bacterial meningitis, Schaffner said.

In 1911, Clemens von Pirquet, the first professor and chair of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, discovered that a child's immune system is suppressed after contracting measles.

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