Measles cases in USA have now hit a new high

The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver Wash. warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday

Two doses of the measles vaccine are essential to protect children and the World Health Organization says 95 percent vaccine coverage is needed for "herd immunity" against measles.

The states that have reported cases to CDC 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. When many people in a community have not been vaccinated, the disease can spread quickly.

As a result of greater vulnerability to the disease, the measles infections worldwide almost quadrupled in the first quarter of 2019 against the same period in 2018 to 112,163 cases, according to World Health Organization data.

Nationally, the United States has high measles vaccination coverage. The last major US measles outbreak happened in 2014, and 667 people were infected.

"These cases are stark reminders of why New Yorkers must get vaccinated against the measles as soon as possible", New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said.

"The initial symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes", Dr Langley said.

"Measles is far too contagious; it is critical not only to increase coverage but also to sustain vaccination rates at the right doses to create an umbrella of immunity for everyone, " Fore said. "When we do not get vaccinated, we put our friends, our relatives, our neighbors, our classmates and other fellow New Yorkers at risk".

Below is a map of recent confirmed cases of the measles in our region.

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"There continues to be minimal exposure to the public and all potentially exposed individuals have been notified", the Sacramento County Public Health department said Wednesday.

One such community is in NY where there is a lot of misinformation about the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine. Among those who are unvaccinated, it may be because of personal beliefs and medical reasons.

It pointed out that, in Africa, vaccine-preventable diseases also impose an economic burden of US$ 13 billion every year - funding that could be used to fuel economies and drive development. Health officials are expected to declare that outbreak over if no more cases are reported by later this week. That total included 61 cases recorded in the last six days, of which two were pregnant women, the city's health department said on Wednesday.

Figures from October to December 2018 show nine out of 10 children received their first dose by age two, rising to 95% at age five.

"The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe".

- Touching items and surfaces the infected person has coughed or sneezed on.

"The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age".

To get the vaccine, Hamilton says the best way is to go to your primary doctor. An infected person can be contagious for eight days, which includes four days prior to the appearance of a rash and four days after a rash starts.

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