Global Measles Cases In 2019 Are Up 300 Percent From Last Year

Alicia Farmer
April 19, 2019

"The actual numbers of cases - captured in global estimates - will also be considerably higher than those reported", the report said.

United Talmudical Academy, which has around 250 kids aged three to five years old and 10 teachers, is based in Williamsburg, one of the neighborhoods hardest-hit by the current measles outbreak.

As far as 2019 is concerned, the CDC's website explains that "the states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington".

New York City has confirmed 329 cases of measles since October, including 44 since last week's emergency order, according to local health officials, the large majority among children of the Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.

In the United States, where there is a vocal fringe of parents who oppose measles vaccines, the number of confirmed cases of measles jumped by almost 20 percent during early April, World Health Organization said.

Messonier says the NY outbreak has been particularly hard to control. Yet last week, 90 new cases were reported by the Centers for Disease Control. CDC stated that measles cases have surged by 20 percent in a week, bringing the total number of cases to 555 in 20 states in the US. According to the city's order, all unvaccinated people in affected ZIP codes must receive the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, prove immunity, or have a valid medical exemption.

In addition, some people may be at a slightly higher risk of getting measles because they received only one dose of the MMR vaccine.

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The push for the bill comes after Rockland County Executive Ed Day last month declared a state of emergency in his Upstate county following an outbreak of measles on Staten Island.

It later emerged that numerous families included in Wakefield's case study were part of a legal action against the MMR jab manufacturer.

On Monday, a group of Brooklyn parents also filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme Court against New York's health department and its commissioner to prevent the city order [iapps.courts.state.ny.us] for mandatory measles vaccinations from taking place.

Anyone can contract measles but the virus is more severe in infants, pregnant women, and people whose immune systems are weak.

While no one in the county has died of measles, the disease has caused several hospitalizations and a premature birth.

The Department of Health threatened to fine or even close yeshivas in Williamsburg if students who are not vaccinated against measles are allowed to attend classes.

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