Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

US Measles cases now top 800

US Measles cases now top 800

A number of outbreaks have been reported this year, most notably the outbreak in Brooklyn.

Last month, the number of cases this year became the highest number of cases in a single year since the virus was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.

There are 498 measles cases in the city, officials said.

This is an increase of 75 cases from the previous week. Of those cases, 41 were reported by New York City and 25 were reported by Rockland County. Cases in those states occurred primarily among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities. The resurgence has prompted action at the local and state levels to boost immunization rates and curb the spread of the highly contagious viral infection, which was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000.

An infected person from NY visited Detroit and unknowingly spread the virus which led to an outbreak in MI. The county health services division director said vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. The last time NY had a big outbreak of the measles was in the early 1990s, when the circumstances were very different. That does not include the cases in New York City which totaled 466 as of Tuesday; 410 of those have been reported this year.


In response to the outbreak, New York City imposed a mandatory vaccination order for residents.

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. NY became the first state to require a measles booster shot, which is now required across the country and is said by the CDC to increase the effectiveness of the vaccine from 93% to 97%.

According to the Rockland County Health Department, more than 20,000 doses of the MMR vaccine have been administered there since October. "We have to identify anyone who's been in contact with that particular case, find out their vaccine status".

Two were in Florida, the first in Broward and the second in Pinellas. If they do not have evidence of receiving a measles vaccine, they should receive another dose. Those born before 1957 are assumed to have had measles and are therefore immune and don't need to be vaccinated.

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