US Seeing Largest Measles Outbreak Since 2000 — CDC

US Seeing Largest Measles Outbreak Since 2000 — CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says so far this year, 626 cases have been reported.

The CDC says the MMR vaccine is very effective and it is safe to get another dose.

As of Tuesday, 680 cases of measles have been reported in the U.S. This is the highest level of measles infections in 25 years, and the resurgence is largely attributed to misinformation turning parents against vaccines, according to the Associated Press. "But in practice, it can be more challenging". The last major USA measles outbreak happened in 2014, and 667 people were infected. However, symptoms don't usually show up for a week or two after exposure meaning it can be spread by people who've been infected but don't know they have the measles and may assume it's a cold or other illness.

"Measles virus can live in the air and on surfaces for two to three hours", Nydam said. The New York City outbreak now surpasses that, according to the city's data.

Louisiana health officials said that the state has a 1% vaccine exemption rate among kindergarteners, which relatively low compared to other parts of the country. "That's when the outbreak hits, and what was invisible becomes visible".

"We are fighting a disease now in 2019 that should have been off the table in the 1960s with the development of the vaccine", he said. "But people tend to underestimate the risk of measles and overestimate the risk of the vaccine". "It's a very hard, isolated time".

Although the "scientific" study which raised concerns about a possible link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism has been thoroughly debunked and retracted, the myth persists in some circles.

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It has issued civil summonses to 12 people it said have defied the order. "Vaccines provide that safety". This shouldn't be an "us versus them" situation. The WHO recommends 95 percent for so-called "herd immunity". "We don't get there by pointing fingers". Most of those cases have been in unvaccinated people. "But most medical schools don't spend a lot of time training physicians in how to communicate with patients".

This included some backpackers of a similar age, he said. Up to 30 percent of infected people develop complications from the disease.

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

According to the SunSentinel, a measles case was reported in both Broward County and Pinellas County.

Thankfully, as of now, no deaths have been reported in connection with the current measles outbreak.

The event is being organised in celebration of Vaccination Week in the Americas - a week meant to raise awareness about life-saving vaccines.

He urged anyone travelling overseas to not just think about getting vaccinated against contracting exotic diseases such as typhoid and cholera but also measles and influenza.

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