71 new measles cases push USA closer to record level

Henrietta Strickland
April 24, 2019

Peter Marks, MD, PhD, who directs the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said the MMR vaccine has been approved in the United States for almost 50 years, and its use has cut measles and mumps cases by 99%, with large, well-designed studies confirming the vaccine's safety and effectiveness and ruling out a link to autism. The number fell over 2015 and 2016, only to start rising again in 2017 with 120 cases and more than triple that in 2018 at 372.

The adult who went to the movies April 16 is isolated at a Redding-area hospital, said Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency officials, who stressed Monday there is no further danger to people who attended the Cinemark Redding 14. Of those, 80.8% of the infected individuals never received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, Rockland County officials report.

The United Nations reported last week that amid slipping global vaccination rates, measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period a year ago.

Measles cases have now been reported in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee and the disease is likely to spread to Alabama, according to health officials.

"When the vaccine was introduced, the school entry requirement. helped to decrease measles cases", Lee says. "Measles is highly contagious. there are a lot of people who can't be immunized - infants, women who are pregnant, those whose immune systems are compromised - so we want to be able to build up that community immunity".

Japan had also been experiencing one of its worst measles outbreaks in a decade, with at least 167 new patients reported in 20 prefectures from the beginning of 2019 to February.

In Africa, the number was much higher - a 700-percent increase compared to a year ago - with 67,000 cases of measles, and 901 deaths related to the illness in 2018 alone in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You might experience a high fever, cough, runny nose and/or a rash. "They can do that through a blood test or even receiving a second dose of the MMR to be sure".

"Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing". In Butte County, health workers are scrambling to manage both the measles outbreak and the fallout from November's massive wildfire, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"This is often but not always followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash". They mainly reside in remote areas, but there are unvaccinated children in urban areas as well, according to World Health Organization figures.

Measles is endemic in many countries other than the United States. Measles can be serious with around one in 10 people who get measles needing to be hospitalised. It is brought into the country when people who are unvaccinated or undervaccinated visit from a place where the virus is circulating or when people living in the United States visit such a place and return with an infection.

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