Published: Wed, May 08, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

USA reports 60 new measles cases in worst outbreak since 1994

USA reports 60 new measles cases in worst outbreak since 1994

The number of reported cases as of May 3 increased by 60 from the previous week and the number of states with confirmed cases of measles rose from 22 to 23 after officials confirmed a case in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, NYC Health Commissioner said in a web statement, 'a child should get a measles vaccine on or after their 1st birthday. The other states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee and Washington.

Out of the 60 new cases, 41 were reported in New York City, while 11 were in Rockland County, New York, according to CNBC News.

Some 764 cases of the disease have been confirmed in the United States so far this year, the most seen in 25 years, in an outbreak that public health officials have called "completely avoidable" and largely linked to misinformation campaigns against the vaccines.

Measles outbreaks, which the CDC defines as instances of three or more cases, are now taking place in New York, Michigan, New Jersey, California Georgia and Maryland.

The Advance previously reported that the total case count for the measles eclipsed 700 in the United States on April 26 for this year.

"Another factor contributing to the outbreaks in NY is misinformation spreading in some counties about the safety and effectiveness of the MMR vaccine".

Since measles is still common in many countries, unvaccinated travelers bring measles to the USA and it can spread. "All 40 were old enough to get vaccinated", Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a telebriefing last week. "Bar none, vaccination is the best way to protect both children and adults from sometimes serious illnesses like measles, chickenpox, mumps and whooping cough".

Federal health officials say a vocal fringe of US parents who refuse to vaccinate their children have propelled the outbreak, which has mostly affected children who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which confers immunity to the disease.

Experts generally say if more than 95% of the population is properly immunized, measles can not spread easily and is effectively contained.

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