Montgomery Health Providers On Guard for Measles

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Montgomery Health Providers On Guard for Measles

The newly confirmed cases are in Oakland County and the City of Detroit.

Israeli health officials issued an alert earlier this month about a measles patient who had traveled on El Al Flight 2 on March 26 and 27 from NY to Tel Aviv. Symptoms usually begin seven to 14 days after exposure.

On Wednesday, the ministry said it would keep child healthcare centers open throughout the Passover holiday next week, when children are on vacation, in a coordinated drive to step up vaccination rates.

Measles is easily prevented with two doses of the MMR vaccination.

Two more cases of measles have been confirmed in Southeast Michigan, according to the state department of Health and Human Services.

In 2017 and 2018, one case was confirmed in Maryland, according to state health statistics. The CDC recommends infants 6 to 11 months old should receive one dose of the vaccine; children 12 months and older should have received two.

"What we don't want is someone potentially with measles in the emergency room or doctor's office with all of those other people who we don't know if they've been fully immunized", Anderson said.

A sign warns people of measles in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg on April 10, 2019 in New York City.

Dr. Brian Cooper saw several cases of the measles during an outbreak in the Northeast during the 1980s.

This year, MI has its highest number of confirmed measles cases since 1991 when 65 cases were reported. In order to prevent outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization, the global coverage of first-dose vaccination needs to reach 95-percent; sadly, the global coverage has stalled at 85-percent for 'several years, ' and many people remain at risk as a result. Israel is also in the midst of an ongoing measles outbreak.

In 2000 - nearly four decades after parents began vaccinating their children - measles was declared eliminated in the United States, according to CDC data. And three fatalities were reported during that time - one in 2002, one in 2003 and one in 2015.

USA officials say 90 measles cases were reported across the United States last week, and 555 cases have been reported in 20 states this year.

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