Public health department has action plan to combat measles

Public health department has action plan to combat measles

FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. Measles cases in the US this year have climbed to the highest level in 25 years, according to preliminary figures, a resurgence attributed largely to misinformation about vaccines. The worst year since the announcement made in 2000 was 2010 when 667 cases were confirmed by the CDC.

According to Dr. Tracy Lim of Cleveland Clinic Westlake Pediatrics, people born prior to 1989 may also need a second booster of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine due to a change in vaccine recommendations. That's an increase from 372 cases in all of 2018.

The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington.

Considered eradicated within the US since 2000, measles has persisted in other areas of the world where the measles vaccine is not as readily available. "After just one dose of MMR vaccine about 95% of people will be protected from measles, and 99% of people who have had both MMR doses will be protected from measles".

Anyone who develops measles symptoms should contact their doctor by phone before visiting their doctor's office.


Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S.in 2000 thanks to a highly effective vaccination program.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health urged local residents to make sure they get fully immunized against measles-through two recommended doses-to protect their own health and prevent the disease from spreading. While the vaccine does have known potential adverse effects, Marks explains they are "generally mild and short-lived, such as rash and fever".

Most cases in the United States have emerged in communities with low rates of vaccination against the virus, according to public health officials.

Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease.

The CDC says the MMR vaccine is very effective and it is safe to get another dose.


Dr Shoemack said two of the four new cases were linked to the initial outbreak in Mount Maunganui which began with a young female backpacker from Europe in her 20s, who infected six members of the same social group she had contact with during her visit.

In January, WHO named the anti-vaccination movement among the top 10 global health threats for 2019.

The current measles outbreak highlights the debate over vaccination.

The confirmed cases in NY have disproportionately affected children. The countries are Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.


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