Published: Sun, June 02, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

US Records Greatest Number of Measles Cases Since 1994 - CDC

US Records Greatest Number of Measles Cases Since 1994 - CDC

The number of new measles cases in the United States so far this year has hit 971, exceeding a record established 25 years ago that covered a whole year of new measles cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. In 1994 a total of 963 cases were reported for the whole year. "Availability and widespread use of a safe and highly effective measles vaccine, and a strong public health infrastructure to detect and contain measles". A vocal edge of guardians contradicts vaccines, trusting, as opposed to logical examinations, that fixings in them can cause mental imbalance.

The majority of the cases are still concentrated in New York City.

"That loss would be a plentiful blow for the nation and erase the merciless work done by all ranges of public effectively being", the CDC assertion acknowledged.

Some have been motivated by a city order issued in April that all children and adults who live in four Brooklyn ZIP codes be vaccinated or face fines of up to $1,000.

Communities in New York City's Brooklyn borough and Rockland County, an area of New York state about 30 miles (50 km) north of Manhattan, are dealing with measles outbreaks that have lasted almost eight months.

Measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, meaning it was no longer continuously transmitted in the country.

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The biggest source of this year's surging measles cases is New York, where Rockland County and New York City have been battling outbreaks for almost eight months.

Clark County in Washington state had the second-largest outbreak in the U.S. this year with more than 70 cases reported.

Measles had been eliminated throughout the entire Western Hemisphere, but now Venezuela and the United States are battling outbreaks, Schaffner said.

"What's causing these outbreaks is lack of vaccination", said Dr. Mark Roberts, chair of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. If the outbreaks continue as they are, the health agency says it could cost the USA its elimination status.

The outbreak started after some unvaccinated children visited Israel, where a measles outbreak is occurring, and came back to NY. The organization adds that measles killed a total of around 110,000 people globally in 2017 and a lot of them were children under the age of 5 years.

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