Published: Tue, April 30, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Measles cases climb to 704 for the year, CDC says

Measles cases climb to 704 for the year, CDC says

That's the highest number of cases reported in the United States since the disease was eliminated in 2000. In fact, such cases account for 88% of the total thus far this year.

Patients in 22 states have been confirmed as the CDC continues to track the ongoing outbreak.

Some of those cases are listed below.

However the rate of vaccination is lower in certain communities such as the Orthodox Jews in the NY area, where the epidemic continues, and the Russian-speaking community in Washington state, where measles was recognized as an epidemic, within the last week. If you've been exposed to the disease, a vaccine will begin working within 72 hours of exposure. That includes the largest outbreaks, in Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City. It is followed by France and the United Kingdom, with over 600,000 and 500,000 unvaccinated children, respectively, during the same period.

People born before 1957 don't need to worry about getting the MMR vaccine because they've likely already been infected by measles.

Adults who have any doubt about their immunity should get another dose, Schaffner said: "It's safe".

There have been 43 confirmed cases in MI since March of 2019.

In addition, actress Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch, recently criticized anti-vaxers for their use of a show clip in which Marcia proclaimed that "you sure can't beat the measles".

Health officials are now urging any unvaccinated residents to get the MMR vaccine. The CDC defines an outbreak as three or more cases.

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Washington state, which had an outbreak involving 72 cases, has just declared its epidemic over.

As of April 24, 38 cases had been confirmed in the state, according to the California Department of Public Health. None of the victims of the recent outbreak have died, but 3 per cent have contracted pneumonia and 9 per cent have been hospitalized due to complications from the disease, CDC director Robert Redfield said on Monday.

Failing to get a handle on measles could strain the state's medical system and divert health care personnel. It is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of those close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.

"If we were to have an epidemic in our area, would we have enough MMR to go around for the people who are concerned?" he wondered.

Let's look at how it's spreading so quickly. It is now spreading in outbreaks in many parts of the world. In a statement Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said: "We have come a long way in fighting infectious diseases in America, but we risk backsliding and seeing our families, neighbors, and communities needlessly suffer from preventable diseases".

So what do we do?

Since the mid 1990s, more than 91 percent of American children were reportedly vaccinated against measles.

Unicef's analysis estimated that 169 million children around the world missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017 - an average of 21.1 million a year.

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