United States nears record number of measles cases

That puts this year's outbreak within 42 cases of breaking the record set in 2014 - which puts this year on track to be the worst for measles since the year 2000, when the disease was declared eradicated in the United States.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest numbers Monday.

Quick, decisive action on the part of the state to prevent unnecessary deaths, in this case, is warranted.

Outbreaks in NY state continue to drive up the number of USA measles cases, which are approaching levels not seen in 25 years.

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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued the order in early April, commanding that unvaccinated children living in several zip codes in the Brooklyn are be immediately vaccinated, in response to a sudden and alarming rise in the number of measles cases reported in the hipster-occupied borough of Manhattan. Public health emergencies have been declared in both municipalities. Officials expect more cases after Easter and the end of Passover on Saturday.

Ongoing outbreaks have been linked to travelers who brought measles back from countries such as Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, the CDC says.Last month, for example, one man who was unaware he had measles traveled from NY to MI, where he infected 39 people, The Washington Post reported. Late last week, ajudge in NY upheld an order mandating vaccinations for four ZIP codes in Brooklyn, which has seen hundreds of measles cases in recent months, mostly among the area's Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods. The World Health Organization reported last week that global cases had risen almost four-fold in the first quarter of 2019 to 112,163 compared with the same period previous year.

That is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported for the whole year. Three states - California, West Virginia, and MS have eliminated all non-medical vaccination exemptions - but those laws have yet to be challenged in any meaningful way.

"When the vaccine was introduced, the school entry requirement. helped to decrease measles cases", Lee says. The new cases were in Iowa and Tennessee.

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