USA measles cases in 2019 highest since 1992

Jun 02, 2019, 00:31
USA measles cases in 2019 highest since 1992

There were a total of 963 US cases of measles in 1992, the CDC said in a statement.

Measles, once common in the US, became rare after vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s.

The statement highlights New York State as a major contributor to the measles outbreak, with the state battling the disease for almost eight months.

Ongoing outbreaks in New York City - largely in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish communities of Williamsburg and Borough Park, as well as in Rockland County - have continued for almost eight months, the CDC said.

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

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The United States pronounced measles eliminated from the nation in 2000, yet authorities with the U.S. Places for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned on Thursday that the nation dangers losing its measles diminishing status.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said: "Measles is preventable and the way to end this outbreak is to ensure that all children and adults who can get vaccinated, do get vaccinated".

A growing number of people in the USA refuse to be vaccinated, believing incorrect information on social media that the vaccine can cause autism.

In response to the recent resurgence, the CDC says it is further strengthening state and local programs aimed at spreading the word that the safest and most effective way to protect against measles is to get vaccinated.

The US is experiencing a measles epidemic, after an anti-vaccination movement swept the nation, leaving thousands vulnerable to infection. Forty-two people have been hospitalized, including 12 treated in intensive care units.

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More than 25,000 doses of vaccine have been given to children and teenagers in Williamsburg and Borough Park since October.

City officials said 123 people have received summonses for not complying with the order.

Clark County in Washington state had the second-largest outbreak in the U.S. this year with more than 70 cases reported. That's when unvaccinated people are protected because so many of those around them are.

Also, measles cases historically peak in the spring for some unknown reason, and summer is nearly here.

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