USA records 839 cases of Measles

Alicia Farmer
May 16, 2019

In this case, how high will the number of confirmed Measles cases in the United States climb? Now, the current measles outbreak is much smaller than the one 30 years ago, and the reasons behind it are very different. Those figures include infections from previous year and are not directly comparable to the CDC numbers.

The United States' 2000 declaration that measles was eradicated meant that the disease was no longer present in the country year-round.

The bulk of cases today are concentrated in NY state.

This year's count of measles cases has already surpassed 800... and it's only May.

This is an increase of 75 cases from the previous week. Cases in those states occurred primarily among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

The outbreak there began when an unvaccinated child traveled to Israel and returned home with the highly contagious disease, New York City health officials have said.

An infected person from NY visited Detroit and unknowingly spread the virus which led to an outbreak in MI.

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"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.

The 2019 outbreak has not spread to any additional states since last week, when Pennsylvania became the latest state to confirm at least one case. That does not include the cases in New York City which totaled 466 as of Tuesday; 410 of those have been reported this year.

GWYNNE HOGAN, BYLINE: In the summer of 1990, New Kids On The Block were at the top of the charts, and New York City was in the middle of a massive measles outbreak.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has set off a state of emergency and urged residents of a neighborhood in Brooklyn to receive the vaccine or face a Dollars 1,000 fine.

This week a new awareness campaign is set to be released by the New York City health department with ads on bus shelters, in publications and elsewhere targeting the communities in English and Yiddish.

New York City officials said 22,833 people have received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine in affected areas since the outbreak began in October. "And that is why in Washington state, we are against measles", Inslee said at a press conference Friday.

The CDC recommends two doses of the MMR vaccine: the first dose for children when they are between 12 and 15 months old and the second when children are 4 to 6 years old.

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