CDC: US Seeing Largest Measles Outbreak Since 2000

Don’t blame the measles vaccine for global outbreaks

CDC: Measles cases approaching 20-year high

Measles cases in the United States have surpassed the highest number on record since the disease was declared eliminated nationwide in 2000.

Federal health officials attributed the record-setting number to a few large outbreaks, specifically in NY and Washington state.

The current number of cases is the second-highest reported in the US since the disease was eliminated in 2000, and just shy by 41 cases in matching the record since that time of 667 cases in 2014.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the number of reported measles cases in the USA since 2010.

The new tally of American cases confirmed by United States authorities surpassed the previous high of 667 reached in 2014.

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The states that have reported cases to CDC this year 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. The majority of infections have appeared in communities that are largely unvaccinated, according to officials, underscoring the importance of getting the MMR vaccine.

NAN reports that the theme for this year's African Vaccination Week is: 'Protected Together: Vaccines Work!', emphasising the power of vaccines in saving lives and keeping everyone healthy, from infants to elders.

A UNICEF report said a primary reason for the disease's resurgence has been the "anti-vax" movement - led by parents tired of the vaccine who refuse to inoculate their children.

"Stuff finds its way everywhere, germs travel, we do what we can do to protect ourselves and hope for the best", said Kelly Spivey, a customer at the Chick-fil-A on Wednesday. "When we do not get vaccinated, we put our friends, our relatives, our neighbors, our classmates and other fellow New Yorkers at risk". Global coverage for the second dose is even lower, at 67%. The cases were reported in 22 states with the majority among orthodox Jewish communities in NY, where city officials earlier this month declared a public health emergency.

The number of measles cases in the US this year is expected to surpass 2014, when the country had its highest number of cases since the measles was thought to have been eliminated in the USA may already have surpassed that count.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said measles is not a harmless childhood illness and is "avoidable".

The Georgia Department of Public Health says three cases of measles have been reported in the Atlanta area.

Persons should check their vaccine history for vaccination with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. An estimated 110,000 people worldwide, majority children, died from measles in 2017.

We can't discuss the anti-vaxx movement without scrutinizing the specious premise that the measles vaccine is, on the whole, more unsafe than measles itself. Children make up most of the 110,000 people estimated to have died of the virus in 2017, with the number of deaths up 22 percent from 2016.

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