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Measles is still 'eliminated' in America… barely, CDC says

08 October 2019

Between Jan. 1 and october 4 of this year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 1,249 cases of measles from 31 states, marking the greatest number of measles cases in the country since 1992.

3, the highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease has been reported in 31 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The annual number of cases is the greatest number reported in the United States since 1992.

The CDC published a full report today, laying out the total devastation that the measles outbreak took on the US.

This year's outbreak largely involved New York's Hasidic Jewish communities, where anti-vaccine propaganda targeted parents throughout Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Rockland County. "We will remain vigilant in protecting all New Yorkers from measles and other risky vaccine-preventable diseases".

The CDC urged people traveling to countries where there have been outbreaks of dengue and Chikungunya fevers to take preventive measures against mosquito bites, while those planning to visit countries where there have been outbreaks of measles to avoid traveling with infants under one year old or children who have not been vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella.

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"We are very pleased that the measles outbreak has ended in NY and that measles is still considered eliminated in the United States".

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said the outbreak "was an alarming reminder about the dangers of vaccine hesitancy and misinformation".

Western Australians who reside in or have visited the Perth metropolitan area since mid-September, especially those on flight NZ175 arriving in Perth from Auckland, New Zealand on September 23 at 1420hrs, are being asked to be alert to the risk of measles.

CDC director Dr. Robert R. Redfield in his statement repeated CDC's emphasis "vaccines are safe".

"They remain the most powerful tool to preserve health and to save lives".

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The US had experienced 1249 cases of measles and 22 outbreaks this year, with 81 cases imported from other countries.

Hotez added that he expects the United States to "hit peak measles transmission season" in the first and second quarter of next year. "The prevalence of measles is a global challenge, and the best way to stop this and other vaccine preventable diseases from gaining a foothold in the U.S.is to accept vaccines".

"More than double the amount of vaccines have been delivered this year, and we are on track for even more people to get immunised", she said.

Had the US lost their measles elimination status, it wouldn't have meant that any funds to immunization or public health would've been taken away, but the CDC emphasized on their website that attaining elimination status in the first place was a historic achievement.

People with measles typically develop symptoms approximately 10 days after being exposed to the virus, but this can vary from seven to 18 days.

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Measles is still 'eliminated' in America… barely, CDC says