US crosses 800 measles cases for 2019

US crosses 800 measles cases for 2019

That's the most since 1994, when 963 were reported for the entire year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 9.8% increase in measles cases across 23 states since May 10, a resurgence that public health officials have attributed to the spread of misinformation about the measles vaccine. Of those cases, 41 were reported by New York City and 25 were reported by Rockland County.

Most of the cases are among unvaccinated Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in NY state; where there were 75 new cases last week.

There are 498 measles cases in the city, officials said. These areas are home to the Orthodox Jewish communities that have been reporting an increasing number of cases since October.

Lauren Gardner, an associate professor of civil engineering at Johns Hopkins and a UT Austin engineering alumna, commented: "Critically, we recommend that public health officials and policymakers prioritize monitoring the counties we identify to be at high risk that have not yet reported cases, especially those that lie adjacent to counties with ongoing outbreaks and those that house large worldwide airports". The county health services division director said vaccination is the best way to prevent measles.

GWYNNE HOGAN, BYLINE: In the summer of 1990, New Kids On The Block were at the top of the charts, and New York City was in the middle of a massive measles outbreak. That does not include the cases in New York City which totaled 466 as of Tuesday; 410 of those have been reported this year.

This week a new awareness campaign is set to be released by the New York City health department with ads on bus shelters, in publications and elsewhere targeting the communities in English and Yiddish.

The best way to protect against the disease is to get the measles-mumps-rubella shot (MMR) shot. "And that is why in Washington state, we are against measles".

Two were in Florida, the first in Broward and the second in Pinellas. Measles vaccination rates climbed above 90%, where they've remained.



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