Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Florida residents urged to get vaccinated after measles case

Florida residents urged to get vaccinated after measles case

According to today's CDC, the 626 total is 41 cases shy of reaching the 667 reported in 2014, now the record for the post-elimination period.

Measles vaccinations nearly wiped out the disease from the United States in 2000. There has also been five reported cases of measles in the Houston metro area.

According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2019 has the second highest number of measles cases in the United States in 25 years.

Measles is a highly contagious disease, and the CDC said the MMR vaccination is 97 percent effective.

Public Health ensures travelers to check in with their local physician and ensure shot records are up to date, and they are fully vaccinated.

According to the most recent data, measles outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are ongoing in Rockland County, New York; New York City, New York; Butte County, California; Washington state; New Jersey; and MI.

It deeply concerns us when we see preventable diseases such as measles or mumps reemerging in the United States and threatening our communities ...

His hospital has treated nine cases of measles so far, including an adult and a child who ended up in the intensive care unit.

Health officials reportedly track down "patient zero" who inadvertently infected 39 people after visiting New York; Bryan Llenas reports.

NY is the state with the highest number of cases this year; health officials there are trying to contain what has become the longest ongoing outbreak in the country since 2000.

Shoemack says if for any reason people have never had a dose of MMR vaccine, now is the time to get one.

"We can not state strongly enough-the overwhelming scientific evidence shows that vaccines are among the most effective and safest interventions to both prevent individual illness and protect public health", Marks said in the statement, pointing out that the vaccine not only protects the individuals who receive it but also the children with compromised immune systems due to illnesses such as cancer who can not receive the vaccine.

The CDC has warned that measles is "so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected". For every 1,000 children who get the disease, the CDC estimated one or two will die from it.

All other persons should locate written verification they have received 2 doses of measles immunization in their life.

Tim Jones, MD, Tennessee's state epidemiologist, said in the statement that response efforts are focused on preventing the spread of the disease.

Common symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and a rash which usually appears 10 to 21 days after the exposure. "It is a very infectious and effective virus".

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