While much lower than the case count in 2015 - a year after the start of an outbreak at Disneyland - the figure dwarfs the numbers reported in recent years.
ME could soon prohibit parents from citing religious or personal beliefs to avoid vaccinating their children, making the USA state one of a half dozen cracking down during the nation's largest measles outbreak in 25 years. That stands as the most cases of measles in the U.S.in 25 years, marking concerning regression in medical progress against communicable diseases. The nationwide average is 94%.
Based on this recommendation, adults who live near or work for UCLA or Cal State Los Angeles, which last week initiated quarantines after contagious people were on campus, may need another dose of the vaccine.
But local officials are staying busy with testing suspected cases and preparing for a potential outbreak.
The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Thursday there is one confirmed case of the measles in Alabama.
Measles can take up to two weeks to incubate in a human host, during which time no symptoms are visible. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.More news: United Kingdom factory exports tumble as Brexit chaos takes toll
"In response to the measles outbreak that has occurred this year, Merck has taken steps to increase US supply of our MMR-II vaccine so availability of the vaccine is maintained", the company said in an emailed statement today.
Currently, 704 cases of measles have been reported across 22 states, including in neighboring Nevada, Colorado and Arizona.
The Ministry of Health has advised all residents, especially if travelling overseas, to become informed about the disease, know their immune status, and get vaccinated if at risk.
USA public health officials declared measles eliminated in 2000, meaning the disease was no longer a constant presence in the country.
"Fortunately, the MMR vaccination is available and in ample supply", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer. Almost half of these cases were in young people aged 15 to 19 years.
State Health Commissioner Kris Box issued a statewide standing order this week to make it easier for IN adults to get vaccinated against the disease. Since then, the most measles cases the state has seen is 62 in 1994, with no cases recorded from 2007 to 2012 and zero to two cases per year since then.More news: Ruby Walsh announces retirement after win in Punchestown Gold Cup
The North Dakota Immunization Information System (NDIIS) includes immunization records for children and adults who were vaccinated in North Dakota.
"Even if we only get one more family to vaccinate their children, we'll be making a difference", Peine wrote. One dose gives an immunity of 93 percent against measles, 78 percent against mumps and 97 percent against rubella.
Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine.
A Department of Health and Social Care Spokesperson said: "The UK has a world-leading vaccination programme and uptake remains very high at around 90% for most childhood vaccines, including MMR".More news: 'Jeopardy!' champ James Holzhauer's 21st win sets new record