Measles Detected In 22 States, Including Maryland

Posted April 25, 2019

Health officials said they expect the 2019 case counts to jump in the coming weeks because of increased disease spread during Easter and Passover gatherings.

"Recently, over a dozen new cases of measles have been reported in our area", stated Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

That is already the most cases of measles since 2014, when 667 were reported for the whole year.

For instance, the outbreak in NY, which was declared a public health emergency last month, began when an unvaccinated child became infected while visiting Israel, according to health officials. In 2016, seven cases surfaced, exposing almost a thousand people to a virus so contagious that it can linger in a room for two hours after a contagious person has left.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is investigating a measles outbreak after five measles cases were confirmed so far this year among county residents, CBS Los Angeles reports. There was "minimal exposure to the public", according to the county.

A person from NY visited MI last month and began an outbreak there that has now infected 41 people. In the cases reported, about 400 to 500 people died and about a thousand developed encephalitis, which is swelling of the brain, each year.

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Common complications from measles can include ear infections, hearing loss and diarrhea.

There are more cases in NY than in any other state, though the exact number of cases was not immediately known because the outbreak in some areas started at the end of 2018.

"The rash often starts on the face then becomes widespread over the body".

Tennessee's epidemiologist, Tim Jones, says "pulling out all the stops" - which even involves driving out to someone's house if they don't answer the phone - could save money if it halts the highly contagious disease from spreading.

Ninety percent of people who are not immunized will come down with the measles if they come into contact with an infected individual, Ferrer said.

A person who has had measles or has been inoculated is immune.

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Some U.S. communities have low vaccination rates because of bad information spread through social media, especially the now-discredited notion that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is linked to autism.

According to WHO preliminary global health data from April 15, reported cases during the first three months of 2019 rose by 300 percent compared to the same period in 2018. "One dose is considered 93% effective, and two doses is considered 97% effective, :" Dr Duwell says.

It has public health officials across the country, including in Minnesota and Iowa, on high alert. As this year's case count rises above 600, you may be wondering: can I trust my childhood measles vaccine?

"If for any reason you have never had a dose of MMR vaccine now is the time to get one".

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes or if someone comes into direct contact or shares germs by touching the same objects or surfaces.

"Simply put, vaccines are the best defense against the threat of vaccine-preventable diseases and play a vital role in protecting the health of communities".

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