3 confirmed measles cases in Atlanta area

3 confirmed measles cases in Atlanta area

The United States is in the grip of its worst measles outbreak since the disease was declared eliminated there in 2000, the government's health protection agency has announced.

The confirmation does not appear to be related to the measles incidents occurring in the state.

The states reporting measles cases are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

Three new measles cases have been confirmed here in metro Atlanta.

The change relates to the MMR vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, which children now receive at one year of age, then again as a booster shot at around ten years.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services said the infected person, who officials would not identify, was visiting Long Island from overseas and may have exposed others to the disease at a BNB Bank branch in Hampton Bays. You can not be over-vaccinated, so experts recommend getting an additional dose of MMR if you are unsure of your status.

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Statewide, the number of measles cases has increased so far in 2019 with much of the rise attributed to overseas travel. There is no current risk of measles at the above venues at this time, Los Angeles County health officials reported.

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There had been six measles cases in Georgia in the last 14 years before the six cases this year. Historically, measles case counts were vastly higher before vaccination began in 1963.

Prior to becoming president, Trump tweeted numerous times about "doctor-inflicted autism" and demanded the Obama administration act to stop vaccines.

"Autism has become an epidemic".

An estimated 169 million children missed out on the vital first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, according to a UNICEF report. It has gotten totally out of control.

"What's different is we now recommend two doses to make sure you're completely protected", said Dr. Mark Sawyer, a pediatrict infectious disease specialist at Rady Children's Hospita.

The High Council's advice comes as the World Health Organization marks its annual worldwide vaccination week.

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