In 2000, nearly 20 years ago, measles was declared to be eliminated from the United States following extensive vaccination campaigns.
One new case was confirmed yesterday in Clark County, but another was struck from the list, leaving the tally unchanged. One man in King County, Washington, and four in the Portland area bring the total measles outbreak number to 58.
Measles - a disease America had all but eradicated once - continues its steady comeback thanks to parents who believe, despite mountains of scientific evidence otherwise, that vaccines are unsafe.
Proposed legislation from Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz would ban religious and non-medical exemptions as a reason for parents not to vaccinate children in NY.
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"Out of the 359 suspected cases, ten are confirmed measles cases with three deaths from Negros Occidental and Antique", Mary Jane R. Juanico, medical officer III and Child Health team leader of DoH-CHD 6, said in a press conference late Tuesday.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. The only year with a higher case count was 2014: numerous 667 cases that year were linked to an outbreak in the Philippines, and many occurred among unvaccinated Amish communities in OH, according to the CDC.
The WHO report on measles in Europe found that the virus killed 72 children and adults in the European Region in 2018, while 82,596 people in 47 of 53 countries contracted measles, a number which is the highest it has been this decade.
In the United States, brisk measles activity in the first month of 2019 comes on the heels of 82 imported cases confirmed in 2018, the most imported cases reported to the CDC since the disease was eliminated from the United States in 2000. "This government is conducting a massive information dissemination and immunization campaign to encourage Filipinos to get vaccinated", he said. It causes fever, red eyes, coughing, a runny nose and a rash.More news: Israel warns Iran that its missiles can travel 'very far'
In Clark County, the majority of patients have been unvaccinated children under 10 years old. The push against vaccinations has too many debunked reasons to count - and new ones seem to pop up as soon as science strikes another one down - though most prevalent is the belief inoculations are linked to autism, the result of a discredited study by Andrew Wakefield. There were 55 deaths last January alone at San Lazaro Hospital, Manila, a lot of them children aged three months to four years.
But if vaccination rates remain low overall, "you still have a group of people who can fuel the fire of ongoing transmission", Marrazzo says.
People who have had two doses of the measles vaccine are immune 99 per cent of the time.
A similar measure failed in 2015 after facing opposition.
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