"These communities are being targeted with inaccurate and misleading information about vaccines", said Nancy Messonnier, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number has increased steeply and it is the highest number of reported cases since 1994.
All joking aside, there's one way to make sure you don't become part of the 704 cases of measles already reported this year.
"The suffering we are seeing today is completely avoidable", US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said. Well, vaccines do make the disease milder, even if you do get the disease, and make it less likely for you to spread it. "It should be viewed as an embarrassment that so many Americans have turned away from vaccines that we are having a record year for measles".
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The national outbreak has escalated since 82 people in 2018 and more than 40 people in 2019 brought measles to the United States from other countries, most frequently Ukraine, Israel and the Philippines. People are considered immune if they have received two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, or if they were born before January 1, 1957, or have a history of laboratory-confirmed measles, or have a blood test confirming immunity. Anyone who has not been vaccinated or known to have measles should receive 2 doses of MMR vaccine at least 28 days apart.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a city-wide health emergency, ordering all those living or working in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg-home to a large ultra-Orthodox Jewish population-to report for vaccinations or pay fines of up to $1,000.
But now, public health officials worry that the country's elimination status could be cracking as measles mounts a comeback. Orders for some people to avoid public places in Rockland County, New York.
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Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat. "Anytime you don't get vaccinated, there's a risk". The disease was considered eliminated in the United States in 2000. The vaccine is very effective; two doses provide about 97 percent protection, and one dose is about 93 percent effective.
It's been more than 25 years since those kinds of measures were taken against measles, Schwartz said.
Adults who are going to be in a setting that "poses a high risk for measles transmission" should make sure they have had two doses separated by at least 28 days, which includes students at post-high school education institutions, health care personnel and global travelers, the CDC says. "This is really going around now", Trump said last Friday. The recommended vaccine coverage in the community is over 95 percent. "The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States".More news: North Korea fires short-range missile from Wonsan towards the east