From January 1 to October 3, 2019, 1,250 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 31 states. There were only six cases reported in September, and as of October 3, health officials in NY declared that 42 days had passed since any new measles cases in Rockland County were reported.
Measles outbreaks continue to occur around the world. Fortunately, with the recent announcement of the end of the outbreak in NY, that concern has passed. "But because there is so much measles happening throughout Asia and Europe, as we're seeing in New Zealand, the risks are very high for travellers".
The nation maintained its measles elimination status of almost 20 years, however, when the New York State Department of Health declared the end of a almost year-long outbreak.More news: Market sentiment hangs on US-China trade talks | FXTM Global
Measles elimination status is said to be lost immediately if a chain of transmission in a given outbreak is sustained for more than 12 months.
He called this past year's outbreak "an alarming reminder about the dangers of vaccine hesitancy and misinformation". Usually measles is not a unsafe disease, but this year 10% of the people who came down with it were hospitalized and one case ended up with encephalitis, a serious brain infection.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young last week warned people travelling to New Zealand to ensure they were vaccinated.
The statement from N.Y. State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said that the state had gone more than 42 days, which is "the equivalent of two incubation periods", without any new outbreaks of measles, meaning that they could officially say the outbreak was over. We want to emphasize that vaccines are safe.More news: Blizzard pulls Blitzchung from Hearthstone tournament over support for Hong Kong protests
"With high vaccination coverage, naturally occurring measles has been eliminated from WA for around 20 years but occasional cases and small outbreaks still occur - usually associated with tourists or WA residents who are infected overseas".
"They remain the most powerful tool to preserve health and to save lives". One dose of the vaccine is 93% effective at preventing measles, and two doses are 97% effective against the disease.
Before the measles vaccine was introduced in the USA, almost all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age.
Before the measles vaccine, nearly all children in the USA contracted measles before they were 15 years old, according to the HHS press release.More news: Julian Castro escorts group of asylum seekers from Mexico to Texas
People with measles typically develop symptoms approximately 10 days after being exposed to the virus, but this can vary from seven to 18 days.