Measles Cases Jump 20% in One Week

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In the year 2000, US health officials announced they had eliminated measles from American life.

For the third week in a row, USA health officials have added dozens of new reports to the year's list of confirmed measles cases, bringing the total to 555 - already the highest number in the past five years.

New York City's Board of Health will vote Wednesday on whether to extend last week's emergency declaration ordering mandatory vaccinations in four Brooklyn ZIP codes.

So far this year, 170 countries have reported 112,163 measles cases to WHO.

Although it is possible to get the measles even if you've been vaccinated, it's quite rare: Two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine - which are given as part of the standard USA childhood vaccination schedule - are 97% effective at preventing measles, according to the CDC.

The origins of the measles outbreak in the United States are not a mystery. Early measles symptoms of high fever, runny nose, cough and red, watery eyes typically develop 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

New York City now has 329 cases of measles recorded since October, up from 285 when the state of emergency was declared on April 9.

The Rabbinical Council of Baltimore had in November called for adults and children to be vaccinated, and for schools to exclude children who were not vaccinated. His research was found to be based on fraudulent data, the study was retracted, and the doctor lost his medical license.

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A second measles case has been confirmed in a Maryland resident, Maryland Department of Health confirmed Tuesday.

Those rises were attributed to the disease spreading "fast among clusters of unvaccinated people", the United Nations agency added.

Still, there may be some waning that happens with age, Adalja said.

While WHO has identified the junk science behind anti-vax propaganda as a public health threat, the data highlighted that measles still hits hardest in unstable countries with weak health systems. It spreads so easily. Although the measles vaccine was developed in 1963, it wasn't until 1989 that health officials recommended that a child receive two doses, according to the CDC.

Measles can be serious for all age groups, but it is most unsafe for children under 5 and adults over 70. There are indeed exemptions to mandatory vaccination on religious grounds in 47 states, including NY.

At this time in 2018, 163 countries had reported 28,124 cases.

"And they all match each other identically". In about 1 in 1,000 cases, the infection becomes life-threatening.

Measles can lead to severe complications, including pneumonia or encephalitis.

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