United States measles cases reach 971, breaking 1994 record

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United States measles cases reach 971, breaking 1994 record

The number of U.S. measles cases reported so far this year has already surpassed the total from all of 1994 - and outbreaks in the Big Apple are in large part to blame, the CDC announced this week.

The last time measles cases soared to this level was in 1992, with 963 cases reported for the entire year.

Thanks to the spread of anti-vaccination idea in combination with religious beliefs, measles has experienced a notable resurgence.

"I want to reassure parents that vaccines are safe, they do not cause autism".

"We were able to eliminate measles in the United States for two main reasons", the CDC said. "The greater danger is the disease that vaccination prevents".

Even though the NY mayor began requiring city residents in heavily affected areas, many with large Orthodox Jewish communities, to be vaccinated starting in April, the city still had 173 cases that month and 60 in May. Since September 2018 there have been 550 reported cases in the NYC and a lot of them came from unvaccinated population of the city.

CDC Director Robert Redfield emphasized in a statement that the way to end the massive outbreak is to ensure that all adults and children get vaccinated.

Outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County, N.Y., are driving the nation's surge in measles infections.

Measles was officially eliminated in the U.S.in 2000, a milestone officials define by the virus no longer circulating continuously.

The CDC reported 971 measles cases nationwide as of May 30, marking the highest case count seen in nearly three decades, reports CNN.

"The measles elimination goal, first announced in 1963 and accomplished in 2000, was a monumental task".

But the illness rebounded at the end of the 1980s, with many cases among young unvaccinated black and Hispanic children living in inner-city areas.

The city health department has put 400 people to work on the outbreak, and forged new relationships with community organizations to make a better case for vaccinations.

Officials on Thursday said vaccination is especially important when traveling to places now dealing with measles outbreaks, including Israel, Brazil, Japan, the Philippines and some countries in Europe and Africa. Maybe that pattern will hold this year, too, said Dr. Peter Hotez, an infectious diseases expert at the Baylor College of Medicine. Redfield also said that once more, he needs to promise guardians that antibodies are sheltered, they don't cause chemical imbalance.

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