Maryland health officials confirm 3rd measles case

Apr 20, 2019, 00:49
Maryland health officials confirm 3rd measles case

The problem isn't limited to just the U.S., however, with the World Health Organization saying in a new report that global measles cases are up 300-percent compared to the first three months of 2018.

A second measles case is being confirmed in northeast Iowa.

Although measles was thought to have been eradicated in the United States in 2000, outbreaks of the disease have appeared in recent times.

The ministry confirmed that there have been 18 cases of measles in Luxembourg in this year. Health officials earlier this week announced that over 550 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, with NY being the epicenter.

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In 2000 - nearly four decades after parents began vaccinating their children - measles was declared eliminated in the United States, according to CDC data. The male individual was unknowingly carrying the measles virus during his travels, exposing all of those people in his path.

As you are likely aware, NY and other areas are now facing a measles outbreak affecting the Jewish community in particular.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and can cause pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. The CBS report says that one man traveled from NY and infected 38 people in MI, which began the outbreak there.

The United States also has been battling such outbreaks.

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The Ministry of Health has warned that people who were on board El AL flight 002 - which left JFK on March 26 and landed in Israel the following day- seek immediate medical care if they develop symptoms of the disease.

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"The reason measles is coming back is that a critical number of parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children, " said Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Before the measles vaccine was developed, the disease killed between two and three million people annually worldwide.

Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, body aches, watery eyes and white spots in the mouth, typically accompanied by a red, spotty rash that begins on the face and spread over the body.

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