Measles epidemic on track to be the worst in almost 20 years

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This higher vaccination rate is likely the reason that California isn't now experiencing an outbreak of measles similar to what is seen in other states, including NY. That is just 41 fewer than the 2014 record of 667 cases, the highest number since measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.

Unvaccinated USA residents exposed to measles while they are traveling overseas often bring the disease back home, which then spread to others, says the FDA.

Michigan's current measles outbreak continues to trend in the wrong direction with the state health department reporting 42 cases as of Wednesday morning, April 17.

Even the one case of measles confirmed in East Tennessee last week has triggered a costly emergency response.

More than half the cases recorded this year occurred in New York City, primarily in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. "But for others, there can be very serious complications, impacting the brain and the lungs, and some for some people, unfortunately, measles can be deadly", says Dr. Duwell.

Infected people can infect those around them before they have symptoms and know they are infected. Late last week, ajudge in NY upheld an order mandating vaccinations for four ZIP codes in Brooklyn, which has seen hundreds of measles cases in recent months, mostly among the area's Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.

His hospital has treated nine cases of measles so far, including an adult and a child who ended up in the intensive care unit. The symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash. That's alarming, as the disease can be more severe as the patients age. Pregnant women who get measles are at risk of premature delivery and having a low-birth-weight baby.




Measles is a highly infectious viral illness and is spread from person to person through the air by breathing, sneezing or coughing. Before then, between 3 million and 4 million people got measles every year, according to the CDC.

A person who has had measles or has been inoculated is immune.

"It's important that parents ensure that their children receive their free routine MMR immunisations on time at 15 months and 4 years of age".

The Food and Drug Administration released a statement Monday meant to convince the public the measles vaccine is safe.

Decisions by parents not to vaccinate their children is a growing public health issue across the world.

Today, the measles vaccination (known as the MMR) is highly effective in protecting individuals against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles).

"I can tell you that that's not true", Caplan said and cited a recent study out of Denmark where more than 600,000 children were followed for a dozen years. "One dose is considered 93% effective, and two doses is considered 97% effective, :" Dr Duwell says.

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