Over 830 measles cases confirmed in USA in 19

Leslie Hanson
May 16, 2019

The states that have reported measles cases this year are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee and Washington.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has declared a state of emergency and ordered residents of a neighborhood in Brooklyn to get the vaccine or face a 1,000 US dollar fine.

HOGAN: Over the next few years, federal funding increased sevenfold.

By the time the outbreak hit in 1990, the CDC estimated that about half of all inner-city toddlers in New York City had not been vaccinated by their second birthday.

HOGAN: In the summer of 1991, the city and state redoubled their efforts.

On the federal level, things were changing too.

The best way to protect against the disease is to get the measles-mumps-rubella shot (MMR) shot.

The Florida Department of Health urges all residents to get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine, and recommends worldwide travelers, health workers and people with weakened immune systems get an additional dose.

Today's measles outbreak in NY is far smaller than the one in the 1990s.

"Then, it was people who couldn't get access to health care", Redlener says.

He spoke of parents not seeking medical care for sick kids or intentionally exposing children to the measles virus at "measles parties", and of the spread of misinformation about the vaccine.

Seventy-five new measles cases have turned up in the United States, federal health officials said Monday - piling onto a record number for the year, which still has seven months left.

"We are making progress against this risky disease, but this outbreak is still a public health emergency and we need the entire community's help to end it", Rockland County Executive Ed Day said in a statement Friday.

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