Measles cases up 300%

Laverne Higgins
April 17, 2019

In reality, the Centres for Disease Control says the MMR vaccine is 97 per cent effective with the recommended two doses, and getting the shot usually only poses any risk of serious side effects to the severely immunocompromised or the one or two people per million reported to be allergic to it.

As of last week, New York City health officials had reported 285 measles cases since the fall, most in children under 18; 21 have been hospitalized, five in intensive care units.

Before the development of the measles vaccine in the 1960s, the US recorded almost a half million cases each year, the CDC says. "These cases were imported from other countries, but because of low vaccination coverage in these communities, measles is spreading widely throughout these communities". Cases in NY and New Jersey occurred primarily among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

World Health Organization explained that the most dramatic rise in cases a 700-per cent increase compared to previous year has been reported in Africa, which has weaker vaccination coverage than other regions.

The UN says the disease is "entirely preventable" with the right vaccines, but global coverage of the first immunisation stage has "stalled" at 85%, "still short of the 95% needed to prevent outbreaks".

Tens of thousands of cases of measles have been reported in Africa and Europe.

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An Orthodox Jewish daycare has been shut by New York City's Health Department after it violated a city order about the measles public health emergency, while 23 other daycares and yeshivas have received violation notices. The number has risen by almost 200 in just two weeks as many Americans refuse to get their children vaccinated for religious or anti-government reasons.

In response to recent measles outbreaks, calls have mounted in several countries to make immunisation mandatory.

Nancy Messonnier, acting director of the Center for Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said all the U.S. measles cases have come from other countries.

"We eliminated measles from this country in 2000, and".

"The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated", the CDC noted. It has not mutated to become more infectious or more unsafe. The highest number of reported cases since 2000 was 667 in 2014, according to the CDC. "In 2017, measles killed 110,000 people worldwide, mostly children under the age of 5".

Venezuela, where the disease was once contained, has also seen tens of thousands of cases as the country's economic and political crises continue to push the healthcare system to the brink of collapse.

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