US crosses 800 measles cases for 2019

Number of US measles cases tops 800

According to USA health officials, the growing tally that is the nation's highest in 25 years.

"We are making progress against this unsafe disease, but this outbreak is still a public health emergency and we need the entire community's help to end it", Rockland County Executive Ed Day said in a statement Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest numbers Monday. As of Monday, New York City alone reports 498 cases, with 34 people hospitalized, since the outbreak began last September.

Most of the cases are among unvaccinated Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in NY state; where there were 75 new cases last week. Up to 90 per cent of people who are exposed will catch the virus if not immunised. CT lawmakers are contemplating removing that state's religious exemption. On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation that revokes parents' ability to claim personal or philosophical objections to their children receiving the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending school.

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

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Tausz said 14 people in Johnson County ended up with measles due to last spring's outbreak.

The vaccine is 93% effective against measles after one dose and 97% effective after two doses. It is highly contagious and anyone who is not vaccinated against the virus can get it at any age. Brooklyn and Rockland, New York; Oakland, Michigan; and Clark County, Washington, located in southern part of the state, were among the hardest hit.

Experts believe the resurgence of measles cases in the United States is due to reintroduction by global travelers from countries experiencing measles outbreaks, coupled with low vaccination rates in certain localities.

As for adults, the CDC recommends that those who were born during or after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get at least one dose of MMR.

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