Measles cases surpass 700 as outbreak continues unabated

Measles cases surpass 700 as outbreak continues unabated

Fines in New York City. The vast majority of imported cases originated in the Philippines, Ukraine, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, and Germany.

As of April 26, the CDC confirmed a grand total of 704 cases of measles since the beginning of 2019-a figure that marks the greatest number of cases reported in the USA since the elimination of measles in 2000. Dr. Nathaniel Smith, the director of the Arkansas Department of Health, said this week that a single case of measles probably now costs health services somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000.

He says he makes sure his kids are vaccinated, and hopes others are doing the same. The once-common disease became increasingly rare after a vaccine became available in the 1960s.

In 2014, there were 667 cases for the entire year. "If cases continue to escalate, the US could lose its elimination status", says Najera.

The outbreaks in New York City and New York state are among the largest and longest-lasting since measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000, the CDC said. The disease has spread quickly among unvaccinated children.

No deaths have been reported this year, but 66 patients have been hospitalized. Some of them triggered U.S. outbreaks, mostly among unvaccinated people. And New Jersey is right in the middle of an outbreak.

If you've had one documented dose of the live vaccine and aren't at high risk of exposure, the agency says that's also adequate.

However, a very small fraction of those infected can suffer complications such as pneumonia and unsafe swelling of the brain. She had received one dose of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, or MMR, as a child.

Making sure you are properly vaccinated against measles is important for your health-and the health of your community.

- Lawmakers in Oregon, California and Washington state are considering bills to eliminate nonmedical exemptions that allowed unvaccinated children to attend public schools. And the best way to stop the outbreak, according to the CDC, is through vaccination. "And the collaboration with (local and state health officials in New York) has been critical".

Late last week, the Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed three new cases in metro Atlanta, all in one family. It was a limited order, and half already are out of quarantine, officials said on Monday.

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- Public health officials blame the measles resurgence on the spread of misinformation about vaccines.

"We know vaccines are safe because they're among some of the most studied medical products we have", he said. It's the worst outbreak in 25 years. "They have to get the shots", Trump told CNN on Friday, also saying, "This is really going around now", in reference to measles.

When asked if he would follow measures attempted in France and the U.S. to tackle measles, he said: "I wouldn't rule out anything but I don't think we're there yet.In America they tried to do this and the courts stopped them so it can be complicated, but really it's people's responsibility as a parent to do the right thing - the right thing for their own children as well as, of course, the right of the community that everybody lives in".

"You can not endanger your child's health or my child's health and I think this measles situation is threatening public health", said Cuomo in a WNYC radio interview.

That anxiety has led to what Gostin believes are missteps by officials. Anyone with signs or symptoms of the measles would automatically be isolated until it's ruled out, she said.

Although they advise getting vaccinated at a young age, doctors say you're never too old to do so.

One community had success without taking such measures.

The Philippines, the third country indicated by the CDC as a source of contact for worldwide travelers who could carry measles to the US, is also experiencing a massive outbreak.

The high number of cases this year is primarily the result of a few large outbreaks, including two in NY that began in late 2018, according to the CDC.

ARPHS had contacted more than 2000 Aucklanders who may have been exposed to measles so far this year. "To wait is a recipe for medical disaster".

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