USA measles count rises to 764, driven by NY outbreaks

State medical society calls for only medical exemptions from measles vaccination

State medical society calls for only medical exemptions from measles vaccination

To help residents understand the causes and consequences of measles, the Riverside County Health System today activated an online portal that provides resources connected to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the new cases from last week, 52 of those were reported in NY state.

Cases reported by state health departments to the CDC through May 2 are included in the count, but cases reported after that will not be counted until next week.

Of the 2019 confirmed measles cases in California, 16 were in worldwide travelers and 22 were due to spread from global travelers to other persons, according to the California Department of Public Health. "It's exceeding recent history in terms of the number of cases nationwide".

Measles outbreaks, which the CDC defines as instances of three or more cases, are now taking place in New York, Michigan, New Jersey, California Georgia and Maryland. Last month, New York City declared that those who live in the neighborhoods where there is an ongoing outbreak and who had not received their vaccination or did not have evidence of immunity, could be fined $1,000.

The number of reported measles cases so far in 2019 surpasses the previous high of 667 cases reported in 2014.

New York has been contending with two large outbreaks, one in Rockland County and one in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

Infections in NY comprise a significant portion of those across the country. Make sure you and your child are protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

The MMR vaccine, which is considered extremely safe, is approximately 97 percent effective at preventing measles after two doses, according to the CDC.

Six of the 13 outbreaks in the country were associated with communities with lower immunization rates, according to the CDC.

In the NY neighborhoods affected by the measles outbreak, health and government officials have begun fining those who remain unvaccinated and have fined and closed schools for allowing unvaccinated students to attend. More recently he said such exemptions don't hold sway over public health concerns.

Officials on Monday said 764 cases have been reported as of last Thursday.

Soon after, the Advance reported that there was a measles exposure at Newark Airport, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.