Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
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CDC: 1,250 measles cases recorded in U.S. since January 1

CDC: 1,250 measles cases recorded in U.S. since January 1

"New Zealand now has a measles outbreak bigger than all of the U.S., is exporting cases overseas, and yet we still don't have enough vaccines to ensure everyone is protected", he said.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75% of the 2019 cases are linked to outbreaks in New York State and City. Usually measles is not a risky disease, but this year 10% of the people who came down with it were hospitalized and one case ended up with encephalitis, a serious brain infection.

Before the measles vaccine was introduced in the United States in 1963, according to the CDC, almost three to four million people were infected annually, with 48,000 of these needing hospitalized and approximately 500 people dying among the 500,000 reported measles cases each year.

Since measles outbreaks continue to occur in countries around the world, there is always a risk of measles importations into the U.S.

The federal government's Health and Human Services (HHS) released its statement today as well, confirming that the measles outbreak in NY which had begun in October 2018 has finally come to an end. The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, with the CDC recommending the first dose of the vaccine being given to children between 12 and 15 months, and then a second dose again between ages 4 and 6. Serious complications can result: So far in 2019, 119 people who got measles have been hospitalized, and 61 reported complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis.

This brings the total number cases for the year to 1,250 in the country's worst outbreak since 1992. He said, "T$3 here are no longer any active [measles] cases in NY ... associated with the initial ... outbreak from October 2018". "We will remain vigilant in protecting all New Yorkers from measles and other risky vaccine-preventable diseases". We want to emphasize that vaccines are safe.

Peter Hotez, professor of pediatrics and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said the United States "remain [s] highly vulnerable" to measles cases because there are "at least 100 geographic pockets in the [United States] where a high percentage of kids are not being vaccinated", and measles "cases [are] now regularly [being] imported from Europe, where measles is even more widespread". One dose of the vaccine is 93% effective at preventing measles, and two doses are 97% effective against the disease.

Before the measles vaccine was available, more than 500,000 cases were diagnosed in the United States every year, with about 500 annual deaths.

ANOTHER measles case has flown into the Gold Coast from New Zealand, which is experiencing an epidemic of the highly contagious virus.

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