Published: Sun, June 02, 2019
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

U.S. measles cases at highest level since 1992 — CDC

U.S. measles cases at highest level since 1992 — CDC

All of these outbreaks were reported in the first months of the year 2019.

The number of U.S. measles cases has reached a 25-year high and the country risks losing its measles "elimination status" if current outbreaks continue, USA health authorities said Thursday.

"What's causing these outbreaks is lack of vaccination", said Dr. Mark Roberts, chair of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that affects many people every day.

This year's measles outbreak is now officially the worst in nearly three decades. These outbreaks are linked to worldwide travelers who brought the virus back from countries such as Israel, where major outbreaks are occurring.

More than 500 cases have been diagnosed in two Brooklyn neighborhoods - Williamsburg and Borough Park - and mainly among unvaccinated children in Orthodox Jewish communities.

Among those affected, 42 have been hospitalized, including 12 treated in intensive care units. Officials urge people to get vaccinated because it is the best and safest way to prevent measles.

City officials said 123 people have received summonses for not complying with the order.

The statement highlights New York State as a major contributor to the measles outbreak, with the state battling the disease for almost eight months.

The officials believe it's all paying off.

The agency has typically been updating its measles cases weekly, on Mondays, but announced the case count Thursday because it had reached this new milestone. The "CDC will continue working with public health responders across our nation to bring this outbreak to an end".

Some health experts see the current outbreak as a sign that other vaccine-preventable illnesses could worsen. If the outbreaks proceed via the summer season and tumble, the US would possibly well well lose its measles elimination situation. However, a very small fraction of those infected can suffer complications such as pneumonia and a risky swelling of the brain. Meanwhile, four cases have been confirmed in Champaign and two in DeKalb, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The uptick threatens the nation's measles elimination status, which was attained in 2000. Those who have had measles are immune.

A whopping amount of 971 conditions were reported in 26 states to this level, in accordance with the CDC. The number tops the 963 cases recorded by the CDC in 1994. The organization adds that measles killed a total of around 110,000 people globally in 2017 and majority were children under the age of 5 years.

In 1990, more than 27,000 cases were reported, including about 90 deaths. The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine market research report also provides an in-depth survey of key players in the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine industry which is based on the various objectives of an organization such as profiling, the product outline, the quantity of production, required raw material, and the financial health of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine organization.

A growing number of people in the USA refuse to be vaccinated, believing incorrect information on social media that the vaccine can cause autism.

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