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MDHHS reports new case of measles related to U of M visit

16 April 2019

The first two cases were reported in late January and early February. Albany should strike now, while measles is raging in our state, to stop any more preventable childhood diseases from roaring back.

The Ministry of Health recently highlighted that since 2012, all cases of measles in New Zealand came from travellers bringing the disease from overseas and that there are significant measles outbreaks in many countries.

The commissioner is empowered by law to issue such orders in cases when they might be necessary to protect against a serious public health threat. Currently, New York's MMR vaccination rate is at 91.1 percent, below the 94 percent requirement to achieve herd immunity.

"Avoid this practice", Palacio explained in no uncertain terms, adding: "This vaccine is safe". Among these groups, people have been spreading alarming misinformation about the dangers of vaccines. It is because tight religious communities that are isolated from society are more likely to experience flare ups because they build up a lack of immunity over time.

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"This outbreak is being fueled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods". They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science, ' Barbot said.

Recent attempts at stopping the increase of this disease have proven unsuccessful. In March, state health officials banned unvaccinated children from attending schools, visiting shopping malls, and even occupying public places in Rockland County.

"Since then [an outbreak in October], there have been additional people from Brooklyn and Queens who were unvaccinated and acquired measles while in Israel". This is a vaccine reaction, not measles, and the individual is not infectious.

The latest confirmed case announced on Friday is related to global travel, not the current MI outbreak.

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According to the NYC Health Department, of the few original cases of measles, three came from Israel, two from the United Kingdom, and one from Ukraine.

There has been one confirmed case in Maryland as of Tuesday.

Preliminary reports show that some 465 people have been infected in the U.S. since the start of the year, the second-largest number of cases since measles was eliminated in 2000. "About 1 in 20 people who get the measles will end up getting a pneumonia from it This can be both a viral pneumonia from the measles itself or the measles can weaken the immune system enough that bacterial pneumonia can grow on top of that and these pneumonia's is the leading cause of death especially in children for the measles". Measles is highly contagious, and nine out of 10 people who are not immune and are exposed to measles will become infected.

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MDHHS reports new case of measles related to U of M visit