On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation that revokes parents' ability to claim personal or philosophical objections to their children receiving the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending school.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest numbers Monday. Up to 90 per cent of people who are exposed will catch the virus if not immunised.
Although the virus was eliminated from the country in 2000, meaning it was no longer continually present year round, outbreaks still happen via travelers coming from countries where measles is still common, the CDC says.More news: Microsoft Rolls Out Second Quality Update for Windows 10 Version 1903
Miami-Dade County is most-at risk in the state, ranking third in the nation.
"For the first time since the 1980s, we may expect infant deaths from measles in the USA", said the study's lead author, Sahotra Sarkar, a philosophy and integrative biology professor at UT Austin, in a release.More news: Brexit rebels tell Theresa May - Your EU divorce deal is dead
The study's lead author, Sahotra Sarkar, a philosophy and integrative biology professor at UT Austin and an expert on public health, explained: "For measles, most experts believe that there will be one to two deaths per 1,000 cases, most likely infants".
The report was published amidst an alarming measles outbreak. Brooklyn and Rockland, New York; Oakland, Michigan; and Clark County, Washington, located in southern part of the state, were among the hardest hit. Including the 51 new cases counted by the CDC in its national update Monday, the total number for New York state, including New York City, this year is 623, according to CNN's calculation.
Sarkar and his co-authors also warned that measles isn't the only disease poised to reappear after eradication. "That's been the history of measles since we developed the vaccine". To prevent the disease, the agency is urging vaccination. "Policymakers must focus on centers of vaccination refusal as well as regions with a lot of passenger inflow from affected countries worldwide if there are even small local pockets of unvaccinated people", Sarkar said.More news: The New Stranger Things Lego Set Literally Turns Everything Upside Down