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Measles cases soar to second-highest level in 25 years

16 April 2019
Measles cases soar to second-highest level in 25 years

"Over recent months, spikes in case numbers have also occurred in countries with high overall vaccination coverage, including the United States of America as well as Israel, Thailand, and Tunisia, as the disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people", the World Health Organization statement said. It is the worst outbreak seen in the city since 1991, the mayor said. For every 1,000 children who get the disease, the CDC estimated one or two will die from it. Madagascar has recorded more than 100,000 cases since the fall, with more than 1,200 deaths.

As the CDC explains on its website, "in a given year, more measles cases can occur for any of the following reasons: an increase in the number of travelers who get measles overseas and bring it into the US, and/or further spread of measles in USA communities with pockets of unvaccinated people". This can lead to convulsions and leave a child deaf or with an intellectual disability.

"The overwhelming scientific evidence over many years and decades indicate that the vaccine, particularly the measles vaccine is very safe", Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told CBSN AM earlier this year. In 2000, the disease was declared eliminated in the United States. The first should be given at 12 to 15 months and the second when the child is 4 to 6 years old.

Experts point to one reason for this year's large outbreak: the power of the anti-vaccination movement. "We'd previously eliminated this disease not just in the USA but in the entire Western Hemisphere, and it appears that now we've profoundly and sadly turned back the clock".

The majority of the new cases are connected to an outbreak in New York City and New York State, Cohn says.

The New York City Health Department has closed a child care program amid the city's measles outbreak in Orthodox Jewish communities.

As far as 2019 is concerned, the CDC's website explains that "the states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington".

"Most measles outbreaks in the United States stop sooner than this", she said.

"We eliminated measles from this country in 2000, and".

Messonier said it's a matter of "correcting myths" about vaccination.

"The emergency orders grossly understate the risk of harm to children, adults and the general public from the MMR vaccine, while at the same time overstating the benefits", the lawsuit claimed, calling on the New York Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the Health Department. "People don't remember how sick it could make you". "It's about the slow work of developing trust".