USA measles count nears 1000, surpassing 25-year-old record

Grant Boone
May 31, 2019

Health officials said Thursday that new US measles cases for 2019 so far have broken a 25-year-old record. The nation last saw this many cases in 1992, when more than 2,200 were reported overall.

The outbreak started after some unvaccinated children visited Israel, where a measles outbreak is occurring, and came back to NY.

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Cases have been reported in 26 states, but the majority are located in New York City. That eclipses the 963 measles illnesses reported for all of 1994.

As measles cases in the U.S. continue to rise from their highest level in a quarter-century, health officials pondered a drastic step - forbidding those believed to be infected from flying. Again, I want to reassure parents that vaccines are safe, they do not cause autism. The county has low vaccination rates.

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The CDC warned if outbreaks continue through the summer and fall, the US risks losing its measles elimination status, warning should that happen, "that loss would be a huge blow for the nation and erase the hard work done by all levels of public health".

"That loss would be a huge blow for the nation and erase the hard work done by all levels of public health", federal health officials said in a statement.

Prior to that status, as many as 3 to 4 million people became infected with measles annually in the United States, the CDC said.

The elimination of the virus in the United States is attributed to widespread measles, mumps and rubella vaccination and a "strong public health infrastructure to detect and contain measles", according to the CDC.

The team concluded that clinicians should be aware of measles complications and that public health efforts should continue to focus on immunization, given the high burden on patients and health facilities. With the busy summer travel season just about to get underway there's concern about continued importation of measles among vacationers.

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