US Measles Cases At Second Highest Since Disease Was Eliminated In 2000

Leslie Hanson
April 6, 2019

States that have reported cases of the virus are Washington, Texas, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Missouri, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and CT, according to the agency in a bulletin on March 28.

As we enter the second quarter of 2019, more Americans have come out in red splotches than in any other year since measles was eradicated - with the exception of 2014, when a massive outbreak among unvaccinated Amish communities in OH resulted in a huge annual total of 667. Experts recommend that children receive the vaccine in two doses: first, between ages 12 months and 15 months and a second between 4 and 6 years old. But the 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. It goes without saying that the 387 people who became infected between January 1 and March 28 were unvaccinated.

We're only three months into 2019, but the U.S. has already experienced more measles cases than it did in the entirety of 2018.

After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains alive for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air.

The reasons for the increase in measles outbreaks is due, in part, to worldwide travel and a growing number of people who are opting not to have their children vaccinated against the disease and other communicable diseases.

Since 1963, when the vaccine was introduced, cases and deaths from measles in the United States and other developed countries have plummeted. The initial travel-related case involved a person who had stayed in NY, where there's a measles outbreak. It is the second greatest number of cases reported in the USA since measles was eliminated in 2000, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Measles can be transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes. "Two doses of MMR vaccine are 97 percent effective in protecting against measles", Patel said, referring to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

Most people who get measles have not been vaccinated.

"The reasons for this rise [in vaccine hesitancy] are complex, and not all of these cases are due to vaccine hesitancy", the report acknowledges.

ME health officials said they were notified Monday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that the individual - the person's gender has not been disclosed - had a confirmed case of measles.

However, unvaccinated people still run the risk of contracting measles from either traveling or contact with a traveler who picked up the infection from another country where measles may still be common.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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