New York Measles Outbreaks Drive US Cases Up to 626

Henrietta Strickland
April 23, 2019

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest numbers Monday.

Number of measles cases reported by year.

The United States recorded 71 new measles cases last week, a 13 percent increase as the country faces its second-worst outbreak of the disease in nearly two decades, federal health officials said on Monday.

The cases have previously been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Newsday confirms that Constitutional experts agree: temporary, exigent public health concerns generally outweigh some Constitutional rights, at least where the need is immediate and the order is temporary and explicitly date restricted. Most of the NY cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

Measles is a highly contagious disease, and the CDC said the MMR vaccination is 97 percent effective. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994. While most people recover, in rare cases the disease can cause life-threatening complications like pneumonia and encephalitis, and 1 in 1,000 sufferers will die.

The outbreaks have prompted action at both the state and local levels.

The only year when there were more cases reported in the United States since the disease was eliminated in the 2000 was in 2014 - 667.

"Because of measles' long incubation period, we know this outbreak will get worse before it gets better", New York Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said.

State lawmakers have been split on efforts aimed at preventing such outbreaks. Three states - California, West Virginia, and MS have eliminated all non-medical vaccination exemptions - but those laws have yet to be challenged in any meaningful way.

Currently, 17 states allow parents to exempt their school-age children from vaccinations for personal, moral or other beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Iowa and Tennessee were the two states that joined the CDC list with new measles cases.

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