Thursday, 28 May, 2020

Over 830 measles cases confirmed in U.S. in '19

Over 830 measles cases confirmed in U.S. in '19 Over 830 measles cases confirmed in U.S. in '19
Gustavo Carr | 16 May, 2019, 00:09

The outbreak there began when an unvaccinated child traveled to Israel and returned home with the highly contagious disease, New York City health officials have said. This has hindered the city's ability to stop the spread of measles so far, said Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, deputy health commissioner, at an April 17 meeting of the city's Board of Health.

The number of measles cases in the US increased by 75 in the past week, reaching a total of 839 cases, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) report Monday.

The steep uptick in cases this year has been driven primarily by large outbreaks in NY and Washington state, and represents the country's highest annual measles case count since there were 963 cases in 1994. But New York has the biggest outbreak, accounting for nearly 700, or more than 80 percent, of the cases nationwide.

In Washington, meanwhile, an outbreak that was centered in Clark County and sickened more than 70 people - a lot of them young children who were unvaccinated - was declared over late last month.

A total of 839 cases were reported as of last week.

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To achieve herd immunity that protects those unable to get the measles vaccine, such as infants and people with compromised immune systems, 90% to 95% of the population needs to be vaccinated.

Although the virus was eliminated from the country in 2000, meaning it was no longer continually present year round, outbreaks still happen via travelers coming from countries where measles is still common, the CDC says.

About one or two out of every 1,000 people who get measles will die from the disease, but the illness has not caused a death in the USA since 2015, according to the CDC. CT lawmakers are contemplating removing that state's religious exemption. Of those cases, 41 were reported by New York City and 25 were reported by Rockland County.