US Records Over 1,000 Measles Cases in 2019 - Health Agency

Anti-vaccine activist Del Bigtree speaks with journalists before entering an anti-vaccine event in Brooklyn

Anti-vaccine activist Del Bigtree speaks with journalists before entering an anti-vaccine event in Brooklyn

Even though NY city officials began requiring residents in heavily affected areas, many with large Orthodox Jewish communities, to be vaccinated starting in April, the city still had 173 cases that month and 60 in May.

It's unclear whether the 2019 outbreak will reach the mark set in 1992, when there were 2,126 cases of measles reported in the USA, according to historical CDC data.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1,001 people have been sickened by the contagious disease in 2019.

- Health officials say this year's USA measles epidemic has surpassed 1,000 illnesses.

Since 2000, the number has fluctuated between a few dozen and a few hundred cases per year, with 667 cases recorded during a 2014 outbreak in OH, especially in Amish communities.

As of Thursday, 26 states have reported cases to the CDC.

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Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health tool that can prevent measles, says the U.S. health secretary, as the nation grapples with a resurgence of the contagious respiratory disease.

The disease has mostly affected children who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which confers immunity to the three infectious diseases.

Cases have been reported in more than half of USA states. A rash that is red, raised, blotchy usually starts on face, spreads to trunk, arms, and legs 3-5 days after symptoms begin. Other steps: wash hands often or using sanitizer, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, disinfect surfaces and toys with standard household products, and refrain from coming into close contact or sharing silverware with anyone who's sick.

In his statement, Azar noted that the CDC has implemented an internal management structure to respond to the outbreaks, created toolkits to address vaccine hesitancy, and reached out to rabbinical and other associations with credible vaccine information.

Nevertheless, Morse characterized this outbreak as a "remarkable setback" for the U.S.in terms of measles elimination.

"We cannot say this enough: Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health tool that can prevent this disease and end the current outbreak", he added. According to him, people should talk to their doctor about the type of vaccines that can protect them from measles.

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