Measles, At New High, Can Be Deadly, Experts Warn

Grant Boone
April 26, 2019

Nationwide, 22 states have reported cases of measles in 2019.

People infected with the virus brought it to the United States from Israel and Ukraine and passed it on to members of their communities, many of whom had not been vaccinated.

A case in point is the 43-year-old Israeli flight attendant for El Al who remains in a coma after catching the measles and developing encephalitis, Offit said.

It's the gas station at 200 Browns Ferry Road that Tennessee Department of Health officials said Wednesday that an East Tennessee person with measles visited on April 11th.

Vaccination is the easiest way to protect against a host of unsafe communicable diseases.

Now, the CDC says, you may need a booster to protect yourself.

USA measles cases have climbed to their highest level in 25 years, largely because misinformation is turning parents against vaccines.

Measles outbreaks - defined as three or more cases - have been ongoing this year in Rockland County, New York; New York City; Washington state; Santa Cruz County, California; New Jersey; Butte County, California; and MI.

Recently, on April 18, 2019, the NYC Health Department announced it is issuing 3 civil summonses, subject to fines, to people who failed to comply with the Health Commissioner's Emergency Order mandating measles vaccination in certain zip codes in NYC.

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This year, as in the past, officials say the majority of people in the US who have fallen ill were unvaccinated.

Recent outbreaks have occured in New York City; Rockland County, New York; New Jersey; Michigan; Washington; and Butte County in Northern California.

Although the "scientific" study which raised concerns about a possible link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism has been thoroughly debunked and retracted, the myth persists in some circles.

Thankfully, as of now, no deaths have been reported in connection with the current measles outbreak.

Measles is among the most contagious diseases that infect humans. Measles is not a harmless childhood illness, but a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening disease.

Even the typical symptoms of measles can be excruciating for the parents of young children.

Measles cases reached 695 across the USA this week. Approximately 90% of people who aren't immunized will come down with measles if they come into contact with an infected individual.

The CDC recommends children get two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 to 6 years of age. "With one dose, it's 93% effective; with two doses, it's 97% effective".

"We're very lucky in the United States to have high vaccine coverage", Patel said.

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