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NY continues to lead the nation in measles outbreaks

16 May 2019

"This spike is concerning, especially because the downward trend in recent weeks demonstrated that it was possible to keep the infection rates from going up", said Ogbonnaya Omenka, an associate professor and public health specialist at Butler University.

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated numbers of measles cases in the United States and through May 10, 839 measles cases have been reported in 23 states.

The highest number of cases was reported in New York City, where there was an outbreak in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.

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The measles causes a rash, along with a serious fever and cough. "Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected", according to the CDC website.

As of Friday the New York State Department of Health reported 272 cases of measles since the outbreak began in October, 162 of those cases have been reported this year.

The vaccine is 93% effective against measles after one dose and 97% effective after two doses. Lawmakers in CT are trying to remove the religious exemption from vaccines.

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"We saw. a lot of kids with measles and pneumonia, measles and croup, measles and acute encephalitis", says Dr. Joel Forman, who was just starting his pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in the summer 1990.

The analysis was done by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University and considered the areas volumes of global travel from foreign countries with large measles outbreaks and the prevalence of nonmedical exemptions from childhood vaccination. Amongst these, 41 are from New York City alone while 25 cases were confirmed in nearby Rockland County, reports Xinhua.

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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NY continues to lead the nation in measles outbreaks