US Measles Outbreak Hits 1000 Cases, CDC Says

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 8, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1,001 people have been sickened by the contagious disease in 2019. The measles vaccine is among the most-studied medical products we have and is given safely to millions of children and adults each year. "We are thankful that this outbreak has ended, and hope it also serves as a reminder of how important getting vaccinated is to prevent future outbreaks in Oakland County". The World Health Organization notes that, in temperate regions, measles cases tend to peak in the winter and early spring, which would suggest that the accumulation of new cases will now fall off from the levels seen earlier this year.

The national measles tally exceeded 1,000 cases this week, spurring HHS Secretary Alex Azar to renew his call for vaccinations.

The previous record number of cases came in 1992 when 963 cases were reported across the year - a figure now surpassed in less than the first 6 months of 2019.

It's already the highest in 27 years.

The US has never counted zero measles cases.

Even though NY city officials began requiring 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.

Most of those cases have been in Orthodox Jewish communities In Brooklyn and Queens with low vaccination rates.

Clark County in Washington state had the second-largest outbreak in the USA this year with more than 70 cases reported.

Measles is considered eliminated when there is an absence of continuous disease transmission for 12 months or more in a specific geographic area, according to the CDC. If someone who is not immune to the virus breathes the air or touches an infected surface, they can become infected, according to the CDC. But he emphasized the burden on the healthcare system from measles complications, such as children who may develop pneumonia and need intensive care.

Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of CDC, said measles is a preventable disease. This is an increase of 20 cases from the CDC's last official update of 981 confirmed cases in 26 states on Monday, June 3.

The cases in the Unites States have been imported from worldwide travel. With the busy summer travel season just about to get underway there's concern about continued importation of measles among vacationers.

"We cannot say this enough: Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health tool that can prevent this disease and end the current outbreak".

Nevertheless, Morse characterized this outbreak as a "remarkable setback" for the terms of measles elimination.

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