More than 760 measles cases in U.S., most in NY

Grant Boone
May 8, 2019

This proposal says 'parents who can't prove their children have been vaccinated for measles should have to pay up to U.S. $2,790'.

To confront the expanding measles outbreak in NYC, the Health Department issued "Commissioner's Orders" on April 9th, which enabled the assessment of penalties up to $1,000 for violations or failures to comply with health notices.

The state DPH has investigated more than 60 suspected cases, compared to 21 a year ago.

Since January, 704 cases of measles have been reported in the USA, making it the worst year for measles since 1994.

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.

Symptoms of the measles include high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes with a rash of tiny red spots starting at the head and spreading over the rest of the body.

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This is an increase of 60 cases from the previous week, and the greatest number of cases reported in the country since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000, according to the CDC.

NY has had the most illnesses this year, by far. "It's putting children at risk and other people at risk who are vulnerable to severe measles if you're not vaccinating your own child".

Doctors attributed this memory failure to the fact that many people got the vaccine as young children and often do not have documentation because they received it before electronic records were kept.

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

"Another factor contributing to the outbreaks in NY is misinformation spreading in some counties about the safety and effectiveness of the MMR vaccine".

As of April 23, there were 14 cases of measles reported in New Jersey. And, infants ages 6 to 11 months should also receive a dose of a measles vaccine before traveling internationally, since various countries are reporting extensive measles outbreaks'. If uncertain of vaccination, immunity can be checked with a blood test, or a person may opt to have the vaccine.

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