Measles cases in U.S. hit highest mark in 25 years

Measles cases in U.S. hit highest mark in 25 years

Measles cases in U.S. hit highest mark in 25 years

That would make 2019 the worst year for measles since 1994.

She recommended screening for pregnant women as they're at risk for giving birth to a baby with measles or miscarrying.

"Measles is easily spread in the environment, coughing and sneezing is an effective way to spread it", said Kristi Hamilton, Clinic Manager at Leon County Health Department.

Figures released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 71 more cases of measles were reported last week - with 68 of them from NY - bringing this year's total to 626 cases since January 1.

There are a few isolated cases in other neighborhoods, but those have "not resulted in sustained transmission of measles", the Health Department said. Contact your health care provider if you can not locate your immunization records and/or are not certain if you are immune to measles. "After just one dose of MMR vaccine about 95 per cent of people will be protected from measles, and 99 per cent of people who have had both MMR doses will be protected from measles", Shoemack said.

Most of the cases, 83 percent, are in the Orthodox Jewish section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

New York City recently extended its public health emergency requiring mandatory vaccination in parts of Brooklyn, and a judge denied a petition by some parents to lift the order. The outbreak has largely impacted the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, including in MI where there have now been 43 cases, tracked back to a traveler who caught the measles in Brooklyn and spread it to others there.

The World Health Organization has warned that the number of measles cases and deaths from the disease is outpacing vaccination efforts even in regions where those efforts have increased.

Among the new outbreaks is one in Los Angeles County, where the health department tweeted Wednesday that it now has five confirmed cases. One of the people infected in L.A.'s measles outbreak is a UCLA student, university officials confirmed Tuesday.

If you may have been infected, county officials say to monitor your symptoms and limit contact with others for 21 days. Health officials are expected to declare that outbreak over if no more cases are reported by later this week. However, a very small fraction of those infected can suffer complications such as pneumonia and a unsafe swelling of the brain. Before the widespread use of vaccines began in 1963, it infected millions every year in the United States, killing several hundred.

Symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes, tiny white spots in the mouth and a red rash on the face that spreads to the extremities.

Not only can cramped dorm rooms and crowded classrooms be breeding grounds for contagion, but young adults in California are less likely to be vaccinated than other age groups, experts say.

The total number of measles cases has now climbed to 390 dating back to October, with an additional 31 cases in the last week.

States that have reported cases to the CDC to date this year 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.

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