Dr. Patricia Ruppert, the Commissioner of Health in Rockland County, NY, the site of one of the largest outbreaks, added that another potentially deadly side-effect of the already potentially deadly disease is a rare, fatal brain infection that has been known to strike as late as 27 years after infection.
Officials on Monday said 764 cases have been reported as of last Thursday. "We must do everything that we can to prevent measles from gaining a permanent foothold in NY and prevent the further spread of disease nationally", said Dr. Arthur Fougner, president of the Medical Society of the State of NY, in a statement. "Sadly, these communities are being targeted with inaccurate and misleading information about vaccines", Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said last week on a CDC call.More news: Video shows Sandra Bland’s arrest from her cell phone
Earlier this year, the New York State Department of Health warned people in New York City that an Australian tourist who visited several attractions and venues from February 16 to February 21 was confirmed to have measles, the Advance previously reported.
Health officials across California are urging people to ensure they are vaccinated against the measles, particularly before traveling overseas.
Adults who are traveling should get vaccinated for measles if they did not receive two doses as children.More news: How we will finally know where Meghan had baby Sussex
The CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Those born before 1957 are assumed to have had measles and are therefore immune and don't need to be vaccinated.
"Let there be no doubt: not only are the risks of vaccination severely overblown, the benefits are just as underplayed", he said.
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