"I want to reassure parents that vaccines are safe, they do not cause autism".
As measles cases in the United States of America continue to rise from their highest level in a quarter-century, health officials pondered a drastic step - forbidding those believed to be infected from flying.
The World Health Organization reports that more than 82,500 measles cases across Europe were reported last year, a significant surge from the previous year.More news: China's U.S. tariff hike to target condoms, wine, pianos
It's been 27 years since the nation saw this many measles cases - 2,237 cases were reported in 1992. "The greater danger is the disease that vaccination prevents", he said, adding that the CDC will continue working with public health departments to bring the outbreak to an end.
Outbreaks in New York City and nearby Rockland County, both centered in Orthodox Jewish communities, have continued for almost 7 months and between them have totaled 804 cases so far, according to the latest city and county updates. The county has low vaccination rates.
The number of U.S. measles patients has reached a record high and may cause the nation to lose its "measles elimination status", USA health officials say.
Before the widespread use of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, measles sickened about 3 to 4 million people each year, resulting in 400 to 500 deaths and about 48,000 hospitalizations, according to CDC estimates.More news: Atlanta Braves Awarded 2021 MLB All Star Game
"Your decision to vaccinate will protect your family's health and your community's well-being", CDC Director Robert Redfield said in a statement. But illnesses have been reported in at least 26 states.
In communities with 95% or more of residents who are vaccinated against the virus, herd immunity works.
Eight people from five states were warned the federal government could put them on a Do Not Board list managed by the CDC, and they canceled their travel plans, the newspaper said. "Yet we don't do and have not done what could be done - namely eliminate eradicate the virus".More news: Cleveland Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. unveils £250,000 Rolls Royce